Zoological Research ›› 2019, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (6): 580-582.doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.069

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Ongoing green peafowl protection in China

Fei Wu1,De-Jun Kong2,Peng-Fei Shan1,3,Jie Wang1,3,Gladys Nyakeru Kungu1,3,Guang-Yi Lu4,Xiao-Jun Yang1()   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China
    2. College of Agronomy and Life Sciences, Kunming University, Kunming Yunnan 650214, China
    3. Kunming College of Life Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650204, China
    4. Henan University of Urban Construction, Pingdingshan Henan 467036, China
  • Received:2019-08-16 Accepted:2019-09-04 Online:2019-11-18 Published:2019-10-14
  • Contact: Xiao-Jun Yang E-mail:yangxj@mail.kiz.ac.cn


The green peafowl (Pavo muticus) is one of the most threatened pheasants in the world. In China, it is widely appreciated for its beauty as well as historical and cultural value, but current populations number less than 500 individuals. Recently, Tang and colleagues reported in Science that the green peafowl is likely to become extinct due to the construction of the Jiasajiang Level 1 Hydropower Station within the Red River Upstream District (RRUD) and thus called for a stop to this project (Tang et al., 2019). According to our recent surveys, however, this species is still extant in 22 counties of Yunnan Province, China, among which, only two within the RRUD have been predicted to be affected by floods from the hydropower station. Therefore, the conclusion that the species will likely go extinct in China upon completion of the dam is unwarranted. In fact, construction of the Jiasajiang Level 1 Hydropower Station was stopped in August 2017. The main challenge for green peafowl conservation is that over 65% of the population occurs outside of protected reserves in China. Fortunately, the Chinese government has adopted an Ecological Redline (ERL) strategy to achieve ecological civilization plans, thus bringing new hope to the conservation of green peafowls both inside and outside of protected reserves. As a top conservation priority for China, the government is fully committed to conserving this peafowl.

Key words: Green peafowl, Hydropower station, Ecological redline