The green peafowl has lost the majority of its habitat. Entire nations now recognize that the stunningly beautiful bird—closely related to the common peacock we see around farms every day—has been driven to extinction in their forests. It is now unlikely that anyone will ever see a wild one within the borders of Malaysia, Thailand and perhaps even Bangladesh.
Habitat fragmentation is the largest threat to the peafowlâs survival in China. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the bird’s last remaining refuge—the Konglong River Nature Reserve in Yunnan Province. Illegal mining operations are carving up its territory, blocking its access to crucial food sources and mates. Additionally, a hydroelectric dam project threatens to raise river levels further encroaching on its dwindling habitat.