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Himalayan Monal

Introduction
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The Himalayan Monal with the scientific name Lophophorus impejanus is a pheasant species falling under the Phasianidae family.


They are also called by other names like the Impeyan Monal or Danphe or Impeyan Pheasant. Danphe bird is declared as the National bird of Nepal and the State bird of Uttrakhand state of India.

This species comes under the genus Lophophorus and around two species out of three falling under the same genus is seen in India. The quick classification of Himalayan Monal is as below,

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Phasianidae
Subfamily Phasianinae
Genus Lophophorus
 Species    Lophophorus impejanus  

Physical Characteristics:

Himalayan Monal is a large-sized, stunning colored bird which is 70 to 72 cm in length. The male birds are adorned splendidly with iridescent colored plumage with metallic blue, green, purple and red colors. The head crest of the male is long, wiry and is colored with metallic green.


They possess a metallic brown tail and pale brown wings and a white rump which is visible during the flight. They have a bright green colored head, blue ring around the eyes and the reddish brown colored neck.


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