The Palawan Peacock (Polyplectron napoleonis), or locally called Tandikan, is renowned for its stunning plumage and unique courtship displays.
Featuring a combination of vibrant colors, the male Palawan Peacock flaunts an iridescent blue-green plumage on its head, neck, and breast, accented with intricate patterns of blue, bronze, and black. Its long, elegant tail feathers display a striking array of metallic hues, creating a mesmerizing sight. The female, though less flamboyant, exhibits a more subdued yet equally beautiful appearance.
Beyond their striking appearance, Palawan Peacocks are known for their elaborate courtship rituals. Males perform captivating displays, raising and fanning their stunning tail feathers to attract the attention of females. They create a mesmerizing fan-like pattern as they strut and dance, creating a visual spectacle that is both enchanting and unique.
Also referred to as Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, the Tandikan inhabits the understory and forest floor, foraging for fruits, seeds, insects, and small invertebrates.
However, it faces several threats to its survival. Habitat loss due to deforestation, illegal logging, and encroachment are among the primary challenges it faces. Additionally, the illegal pet trade poses a significant risk to their population. Efforts are being made to protect the species through conservation initiatives, stricter regulations, and raising awareness about the importance of preserving their natural habitat.
Where to see the Palawan Peacock?
It can be found in the forests and lowland areas of Palawan, particularly in protected areas such as the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly known as the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park) in Puerto Princesa City.
Given its shy and elusive nature, spotting this bird in the wild can be challenging. The best way to have a chance of seeing this magnificent bird is to visit wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, or conservation centers in Palawan that focus on preserving the island’s unique biodiversity.
The Tandikan is a protected species, and its conservation is of utmost importance. By supporting responsible eco-tourism initiatives and visiting recognized conservation areas, visitors can contribute to the preservation of the Palawan Peacock and its habitat while enjoying the natural wonders of Palawan.
Map of PWRCC
Palawan Peacock Photo Gallery
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