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Galliformes in Exianling

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

Facts:

Their English common name “gamebirds” perfectly implies their situation in Southern China since they are still the target prays of poachers in the area. Because of the market demand and domestic consumption, they are heavily hunted by snare traps in the region. In fact, most of the galliformes species are now included in the State Key Protected Animal List of China.

There are four species of galliformes occurring in the forest of Hainan and two of them (Hainan Peacock Pheasant and Hainan Partridge) are unique to the island. That means if the Hainan population dies out, we will lose the species forever. When Kadoorie Conservation China (KCC) conducted camera-trap surveys in different forests in Hainan, it was revealed that the forest in Exianling limestone area (EXL) supports a pretty healthy galliformes community.
 

Conservation Action

In order to better protect these spectacular ground dwelling birds, KCC supports EXL wardens to perform regular patrol and trap clearing. The wardens were also trained to collect field data and conduct camera trapping in a scientific manner. These information are essential for researchers to better understand the ecology of the birds and thus, conserving them in a more appropriate way.

Hainan Peacock PheasanPolyplectron katsumatae 

Hainan Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron katsumatae 
IUCN Red List: Endangered
CITES: Appendix II (as a subspecies of P. bicalcaratum)
State Key Protected Animal List of China: Class I (as a subspecies of P. bicalcaratum)

Hainan Partridge Arborophila ardens

Hainan Partridge Arborophila ardens   
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
State Key Protected Animal List of China: Class I

Watch their video recorded by camera trap

Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera whiteheadi

State Key Protected Animal List of China: Class II


Watch their video recorded by camera trap

Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus jabouillei

State Key Protected Animal List of China: Class II

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