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State bird of Uttarakhand – Complete detail – updated

State bird of Uttarakhand – Complete detail – updated. Description of state bird of Uttarakhand. Name of state bird of Uttarakhand is Himalayan monal. Habit and habitat of Himalayan monal. They prefer open, coniferous or mixed forests resplendent with rhododendron and bamboo.
Himalayan monal is a colorful bird. Size of adult Himalayan monal is between 60 to 72 cm. The weight of adult is between 1.70 to 2.40 kg. Generally, they found single or in pairs. At the nape of the neck is a bright yellow patch which forms the top edge of the bluish black wings and the purplish black back.
They chestnut brown tail, light brown wings and a white rump that is visible in flight. The head is bright green, and he males have a metallic-green crest on top of their heads. They have bare patch of turquoise blue skin around the eye. The tail feathers are uniformly rufous being darker towards the tips. The tail feathers of the male are uniformly rufous, becoming darker towards the tips, whereas the lower tail coverts of females are white, barred with black and rufous. The female also has a crest, but whereas the male is green and has spoon-shaped feathers, the female’s is shorter and brown with ordinary feathers………….
Males use body displays to attract females, bobbing the head-crest and fanning their tail feathers. The breeding season is between April to August. The age of sexual maturity is between 12 to 24 months.
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Distinctive Identification

Himalayan monal is a Schedule – I bird, according to wildlife (Protection) act, 1972 and classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN.

Himalayan monal is a colorful bird. Size of adult Himalayan monal is between 60 to 72 cm. The weight of adult is between 1.70 to 2.40 kg. Males are slightly larger and heavier than females.

The male Himalayan monal look quite different from the female. The adult male has multicolored plumage.

Male Himalayan monal have bright blue, green, purple, light yellow, brown, black and red feathers. They have a white patch of feathers underneath the base of their tail, but the rest of their underside is black. The breast and underparts are black.

At the nape of the neck is a bright yellow patch which forms the top edge of the bluish black wings and the purplish black back. They chestnut brown tail, light brown wings and a white rump that is visible in flight.

The head is bright green, and he males have a metallic-green crest on top of their heads. They have bare patch of turquoise blue skin around the eye.

The tail feathers are uniformly rufous being darker towards the tips. The tail feathers of the male are uniformly rufous, becoming darker towards the tips, whereas the lower tail coverts of females are white, barred with black and red.

Females are duller than the males. Females have greyish brown upperparts with white stick lines and black spots. The under parts of female is light greyish brown with white stick lines. Their upper parts are covered with mottled brownish-black feathers.

The throat of females is white. The lower tail coverts of females are white, barred with black and rufous. The female also has a crest, but whereas the male is green and has spoon-shaped feathers, the female’s is shorter and brown with ordinary feathers.

Juvenile resemble the female. The females and the chicks have an overall brown appearance. Their feathers also have white and black strips on certain parts.

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Classification

Common Name – Himalayan monal

Local Lame – Monal

Zoological Name – Lophophorus impejanus

Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Aves

Order – Galliformes

Family – Phasianidae

Subfamily – Phasianinae

Genus – Lophophorus

Conservational Status – Schedule – I according to wildlife (Protection) act, 1972 and classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN.

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Distribution

They found in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. They also found in Burma. In India, they found in Himalayan, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Habit and habitat

They prefer open, coniferous or mixed forests resplendent with rhododendron and bamboo. Himalayan monal is a high-altitude bird, remaining between 2000 and 4500 meters above sea level.

During the summer, they ventures above the tree-line to wander on the grassy slopes. In winters, they found in lower altitudes. Himalayan monal have a shrill whistle, sometimes described as curlew-like.

They forage throughout the day, and feed on various types of seeds, tubers, shoots, berries, terrestrial insects and their larvae. They are great diggers, and use their heavy bills to root out tubers and subterranean insects.

Generally, they found single or in pairs, sometimes they are kept in small groups, but in the springtime they are a little more territorial.

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The breeding season is between April to August. The age of sexual maturity is between 12 to 24 months.

Males use body displays to attract females, bobbing the head-crest and fanning their tail feathers. At this time of year the male switches from calling only in the early morning to calling throughout the day.

Males generally only show aggression in the mating season. The nest is a simple scrape under some feature such as a bush preferably on a steep hillside.

Eggs 2 to 5, white or dirty white, with brown spots and paler appearance. Incubation period is between 26 to 29 days. Eggs are incubated by female, but the male will stand guard throughout the incubation period and until fledging to protect the eggs and chicks from predators.

After six months the young are completely independent.

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