The enchanting Indian peafowl (term used collectively for peacocks and peahens), known for its resplendent plumage and mesmerizing dance, has long been revered as the national bird of India. Chandigarh, with its Peacock Park in Sector 39, and the flourishing Indian peafowl population, stands as a shining example of successful conservation efforts.
The plight of peacocks in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana is disheartening, with incidents of their deaths being reported frequently. Poaching and the use of pesticides in agricultural fields have been identified as major factors contributing to the decline in their population.
Built in 5.7 acres, the peacock park not only provides a safe haven for these birds but also serves as a breeding ground for their continued survival. It has been created as a natural habitat for the peafowls. The presence of over 30 Indian peafowls in the Peacock Park in Chandigarh showcases the positive impact of dedicated conservation measures and highlights the city’s commitment to protecting its wildlife.
A cobbled road has been prepared for visitors by the Department of Forests & Wildlife, Chandigarh, which takes care of the park, although few people visit the park as it is forested area.
A recent survey conducted by wildlife authorities revealed that the Indian Peafowl population in Chandigarh is not only thriving but also evenly distributed throughout the forest areas in the city. This is a promising sign, considering the decline witnessed in nearby states. Sectors and villages neighbouring these forest areas also boast a considerable number of Indian peafowls.
The success of Chandigarh’s conservation initiatives is a testament to the collective efforts of authorities, local communities, and wildlife enthusiasts. By preserving natural habitats, promoting biodiversity, and raising awareness about the importance of protecting these iconic birds, Chandigarh is making a significant contribution to the survival and well-being of peacocks.
The Indian Peafowl is not merely a symbol of national pride but also an integral part of our ecosystem. Its presence adds vibrancy and grace to our surroundings.
Address: PPWH+822, Sector 39A, Chandigarh
(The writer, Shweta Yadav, is an independent writer and researcher, passionate about uncovering untold narratives)