Indore: In view of the rising mercury in Madhya Pradesh, officials of forest department have initiated steps to protect peafowls.
"We have identified the habitat of peafowl in 24 clusters in Indore region and made arrangements to provide water and fodder to the bird in case of need," Divisional Forest Officer A K Joshi told PTI.
He said, this time around water sources and fodder were in abundance due to the last year's bountiful monsoon in the region.
However, the officer said that with extreme hot conditions for last four days, the department is keeping a hawk's eye on peafowls.
Indore is home to nearly 10,000 peafowls.
According to wild life experts, shortage of water and fodder crops during the summers pose threat to them.
Joshi said that the peacocks and peahens stray into human settlement in rural area from forested areas and end up eating up worms and reptiles killed by sprinkling of pesticide in fields.