Hyderabad: At least a dozen Indian peacocks were found dead, reportedly after eating crops on which poisonous pesticides were sprayed, in Mahabubnagar district on Monday.
According to Forest officials, the incident came to light on Monday morning when villagers noticed the carcasses and immediately informed the local police and Forest officials.
“The incident occurred at Bhootpur mandal in Mahabubnagar district on Sunday night and carcasses were found near some agriculture fields,” said Y Babu Rao, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mahabubnagar.
He said Forest officials rushed to the spot and collected 12 carcasses, which have now been sent for postmortem.
“After the local veterinary team conducted tests, we have sent them to the Veterinary Biological Research Institute in Hyderabad for postmortem,” Mr. Rao said.
If it is proved that the deaths were due to consumption of poisonous crop, a case will be booked against the farmer under the Wildlife Protection Act, he said.
The official said the national bird is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act and killing of it is strictly prohibited.
Another senior official said that in December last, nearly 50 pigeons and other birds also died after eating such crop. Farmers in the area were spraying pesticides on crops to kill the insert and birds, since they destroy their crop.