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Himalayan Monal Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Lophophorus impejanus
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Galliformes
  • Range

    As its name indicates, the Himalayan monal can be found throughout the Himalayan Mountains, from Afghanistan to Bhutan.

  • Habitat

    The species occupies elevated forests, cliffs and meadows.

  • Niche

    The birds use their strong beaks to find insects and tubers beneath the soil. They will also feed on seeds and berries.

  • Life History

    Males and females pair during breeding season (April–August) but can spend the rest of the year in communal flocks. The males’ crests and striking plumage are used in displays to attract mates. After breeding, the female lays three eggs in a scrape in the ground. The male guards the nesting area as the female incubates.

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