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Palawan Peacock - Pheasants Polyplectron Napoleonis Bird

Palawan Peacock  Pheasants

Notable traits of the Palawan Peacock Bird: Pheasants (Polyplectron Napoleonis)
Latin Name: Polyplectron Napoleonis
Common Name: Palawan Peacock
Description: The male is the handsomest and most peacock-like member of the genus Polyplectron. It has an erectile crest, a white stripe over the eyes and highly iridescent metallic green and black plumage. The tail feathers are decorated with large blue-green ocelli, which may be spread fanlike in courtship displays. The female is smaller than the male. It has a dark brown plumage with a short crest and is whitish on the throat, cheeks and eyebrows
Gender Determination: Very drab in comparison to the male Her crest is shorter and often held flat her face is pale gray that extends from above the eyes to the throat The rest of the plumage is dark brown with no ocelli
Trainability: Very Low
Length: 50 cm
Diet: Seed, pellets, fruit and veggies
Notes: Status in Wild: CITES I; Vulnerable due to small and fragmented range. Habitat loss, hunting and trade are main sources of decline. Many keepers have found that Palawan chicks are difficult to teach to eat if not naturally raised. In the wild (and in parent-raised chicks in captivity), the hen offers food to the chicks directly from her beak. In a brooder situation, a shallow dish with mealworms and other small insects will encourage the chicks to eat. The live food can be place on top of pheasant starter in the dish, this way the chicks will associate the "wigglers" with the mash. Live food is a favorite food throughout the growing process and adult birds also enjoy the treat. Mealworms can be dusted with vitamin supplements such as Vionate. Palawans should also be offered chopped greens and other vegetables often at all stages of life. Price is for each bird so $ 600 for pair
Breeding Notes: Begins in March in warmer climates and can last into August. Incubation Period: 18-19 days. They are rather delicate and require heated quarters during the winter months. Palawans should be kept in aviaries that are rich with cover and live plants. Hens have been known to incubate their own eggs in such an environment.
Age of Maturity: 2
Breeding Aviculture: Yes
Average Clutch Size: 2 to 5 eggs
Habitat: The island of Palawan in the Philippines Forested areas
References: Insect Patee
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