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February 27, 2018

Peacocks, flamingos on verge of extinction: researchers

A rare peacock species seen.
A rare peacock species seen.

Researchers have called for protection of peacocks and flamingos in the country, raising their concerns that these species were on the verge of distinction resulting from being poached, researcher U Zay Maung Thein said yesterday at a seminar on competitive study of bird species found in India and
“Peacocks and flamingos are poached for meat or sale. People buy and free them as meritorious deeds on special occasions. A peacock fetches around K700,000 (US$600),” he said.
In Myanmar, a few peacocks are kept in the Botanical Gardens Of Pyin Oo Lwin and the Hlawga Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Yangon.
Flamingos are found mostly in Yelwe village of Maubin, the Inlay Lake, the Indawgyi Lake and the Paleik Lake.


Aung Thant Khaing


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