Palawan peacock pheasants are native to the island of Palawan in the Philippines. These brightly coloured birds make their home in the island’s rainforests. They are an endemic species, meaning that Palawan is the only place where they are found in the wild.
Like many tropical birds, they are becoming increasingly threatened due to human activity. 95% of the landmass in the Philippines was once covered in primary forest. That figure is now a shocking 3%, and this has had a devastating effect on much of the native wildlife. The declining Palawan peacock pheasant population is thought to be increasingly restricted to the island's mountains due to habitat loss.
Habitat loss (agriculture, logging and mining).
Illegal wildlife trade (bushmeat and exotic pet trade).
To find out in more detail about the threats they face, go the IUCN's page here.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
As a species in decline, it's safe to say action is needed to ensure a future for wild Palawan peacock pheasants. Below, we've come up with ways in which we can turn this around:
The first and most obvious is to donate to conservation efforts. This is the best thing you can do to help secure a future for Palawan peacock pheasants. There are some organisations carrying out essential work to combat the threats they face. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the organisations which we recommend.
The wildlife trade is a threat to these birds. Refusing to buy products made from exotic animals, or eating the meat of wild animals, are both great ways to help protect these birds as well as other wildlife.
TOP TIP: Logging poses a threat to the Palawan peacock pheasant, as it can take away their natural habitat. Opting for sustainably sourced, or better yet second-hand, products made from wood are both brilliant ways to help combat this problem. You could also take a look at our Paper Problems page for tips on how to cut down on paper usage.
Signing petitions is another great way to bring about positive change. Scroll down to the next section to find online petitions, which we recommend signing to help protect Palawan peacock pheasants.
The most adventurous way to help may be travelling to Palawan to try to see these birds in the wild. Wildlife tourism is a great way of letting the government of the particular country know that protecting its wildlife is important. It's also a great way to learn more about wildlife conservation.
If travelling to Palawan doesn't appeal, or isn't a realistic option for you, then many places around the world keep Palawan peacock pheasants in captivity. It's important to know that although it's exciting to see wild animals up close, their well-being in a cage is certainly questionable. If you really want to see these birds in captivity then our guidance would be that with that desire to see one, you also have the desire to learn more about how we can protect them in the wild. Using advice from this page, or that you learn elsewhere, we encourage you to take some action to protect wild Palawan peacock pheasants. If you want to visit these birds in captivity then we recommend that you do your research beforehand and choose somewhere that is supporting wildlife conservation with its profits.
Another way to help is to shop for products which support Palawan peacock pheasant conservation:
Our founder, Chad Killoran, has a website selling prints of his artwork. If you're interested you could buy a print of his Palwan peacock pheasant painting, shown below. A percentage of the profit goes towards Centre for Sustainability PH, who work to protect Palawan's remaining forests.
One of the best ways to help is to spread the word about this page and what you've learnt about the challenges facing Palawan peacock pheasants. Awareness is the first step towards solving any problem!
Signing the following petitions is a great way to bring about positive change for Palawan peacock pheasants and other wildlife:
Rainforest Rescue's petition is asking the government of the Philippines to stop its plans to turn lowland rainforest in Palawan into industrial plantations.
Global Deal for Nature's petition is appealing to world leaders to protect 50% of our lands and oceans.
#EndTheTrade Coalition's petition is calling on our world’s governments to permanently end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild animals worldwide.
Rainforest Rescue's petition is urging the Chinese government to shut down its wildlife markets.
As Palawan peacock pheasants are native only to one island in the Philippines, finding conservation efforts to support them are limited. We are thorough with our research of conservation projects and try to ensure that the wild populations of specific species are protected with the organisations we list. For these reasons, currently we only have one organisation listed who are carrying out brilliant work to ensure a future for Palawan peacock pheasants and other wildlife in the Philippines:
Centre for Sustainability PH's mission is to conserve land and protect Palawan's last remaining forests, which are home to the Palawan peacock pheasant. They achieve this through community projects, with indigenous and local communities, as well as through scientific research and political lobbying.
If you know of any more ways in which we can create a better future for the Palawan peacock pheasant, then please get in contact with your suggestions!