India’s southernmost state of Madhya Pradesh has long been home to some of the world’s largest and most popular peafowls, which can grow to be up to 6 feet long.
And although most of the birds are found in the south, there are also large populations found in Assam, Rajasthan and Punjab.
But now, thanks to a conservation project, scientists in the state are hoping to learn more about what makes the birds so unique.
Researchers have been studying the birds in a large, open-air enclosure in a forest called the Mahabalipuram Reserve, located in the central state of Chhattisgarh, for the past five years.
The researchers are hoping that by studying these birds’ plumage, their genetic makeup and their habitat, they can learn about the birds’ ecological functions and the way they reproduce.
“We want to know more about the plumage and genetics of these birds,” said researcher Rajendra Singh, who is part of the Mahabali Peafood Conservation Project, which has been in the works for nearly a decade.
“What do the colours of Indian plumage tell us about their ecology?”
“We hope that this information will help us better understand the biological and social processes that underlie the evolutionary history of the peafox family.”
For the past 5 years, Singh and his team have been using drones to photograph these birds and to collect specimens.
They are now hoping to use the data to better understand how these birds are affected by environmental factors, as well as how the plumages and genetics affect their reproductive success.
The team’s latest study was published in the journal PLoS ONE.
The birds, which are called peafoyls in India, are native to the western part of their range, which covers India and Pakistan.
These birds live in open-coast forests, where they feed on insects and other small birds.
The species is also found in forests in India and elsewhere, but they have only been found in western India.
“They’re not found in any other region of India,” Singh said.
“They’re found in places like the west, where forests are relatively less developed.”
According to Singh, the peacock family has been closely associated with the forest in India.
“There are several species of peacocks, but the only one that we have found in India is the Indian peacocker,” he said.
The researchers were able to track the pea-shaped birds for three years using drones.
They photographed the birds over three different sites in the Mahabi Peafoyl Reserve, including at two sites with a combined population of between 1,000 and 3,000 peafoys.
The birds were recorded in a number of different locations in the reserve, including under logs and in tree trunks.
Singh said the researchers also collected DNA from the birds, and compared it to the DNA from other birds.
In addition, they compared the peaboyls DNA to the genetic material of a number other species.
The team also collected pollen and fecal samples from the peapods.
Finally, the team collected a number and types of peafokas to study their ecological and reproductive capabilities.
They found that the peabboyls are more susceptible to diseases, which is probably due to their large size and the high number of predators that they face.
“There is a lot of diversity in peaboys, and they are really adapted to different habitats,” Singh explained.
“But what makes them so unique is that they are found all over the world and are a great food source.”
The researchers hope to use this information to better manage the peas and to help them better understand their ecological function and their ecological importance in the region.
The scientists say they plan to study the pecocks in more detail and also study other birds and plants, to understand their function in the ecosystem.
For the first time, Singh said, they are working with a group of scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, who will work with the researchers to make the birds more accessible to the general public.
“This is a big opportunity for the world, because it will help people to understand how birds work and how they interact,” he explained.
Sing, who studied the genetics of peabirds at the Smithsonian, also said he hopes to collaborate with the team that helped them identify peabody genes in peafoyle beetles, a group that is also closely related to the peaca.
He added that he hopes the project will help bring peafody genetics to the forefront of conservation efforts.
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian’s Conservation Research Center, and the National Institute of Tropical Agriculture.