As many as 43 peacocks were found dead on the outskirts of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Among the 43 peacocks, 34 were female and 9 were male birds. Forest officials who reached the spot said that suspect poisoning could be the cause of the deaths. S Arumugam, the Range Officer at Madurai Wildlife Range, said "Peacocks may have consumed paddy grains laced with poison which resulted in the deaths. An investigation is underway and actions will be taken after we get the post-mortem reports."