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July 27, 2011

Species Of The Week

Himalayan monal The Rainbow Bird

The Himalayan MonalLophophorus impejanus also known as the Impeyan Monal or Impeyan Pheasant orDanphe is a bird of genus Lophophorus of the pheasantfamily, Phasianidae.

It is a relatively large-sized bird with reference to family Phasianidae. About 70 cm in length, the weight of males and females range between 1980-2380g and 1800-2150g respectively. Adult males possess a long crest, are feathered with multicoloured plumage throughout their body, while the females, like in other pheasants, are dull in colour .

The Himalayan Monal secures a distinct position among pheasants due to its prominent build, brilliant plumage and strong association with local folklore. Its natural range spreads from eastern Afghanistan through the Himalayasincluding Kashmir region of Northern PakistanIndia (states of Himachal PradeshUttarakhand,Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh), Nepal, southern Tibet and Bhutan. There is also a report of its occurrence in Burma.

The population of this species in most of its range is threatened due to poaching and other anthropogenic factors.

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