As informed by Amar Kaur of village Todar Majra, the villagers are protecting Indian peafowl since ancient times. They do not allow anybody to take away or kill these birds in their area. The community has planted a number of mango trees to give breeding, roosting and nesting places to the birds, and they allow them to feed on the grain in the fields. Every villager provides shelter to these birds on their rooftops, in open yards or in the gardens, and keeps large bowls of water and grain for them. Indian peafowl can be seen moving freely in large numbers in the area and local villagers do not mind their presence even if they destroy the crops (especially fields of spinach, pulses, pea, raya, fenugreek, chillies, etc.) out of love and close association with the birds.
Another reason for protection of the birds, besides their beauty, is that these birds feed on small snakes and insects from the fields. Religion also plays a key role in protection as the feathers, shed by these birds once a year, are used for decoration in the local gurudwara and temple for making the chaura fan over the Guru Granth Sahib1 by the Sikh community. Hindus in the area also consider the birds sacred.
According to a local villager, Paramjit Singh Grewal, the birds are considered residents of the village and thus the villagers protect the birds as they would any other member of the community.