Beak of the Week: Himalayan Monal

Male Himalayan Monal

Look Familiar?

Disney-Pixar’s: Up

That’s right, it’s Kevin! Well sort of—the colorful, beloved character from Disney-Pixar’s Film “Up” was actually based on this week’s featured bird: the Himalayan Monal!

Common Name: Himalayan Monal; Impeyan Monal; Impeyan Pheasant; Danphe

Latin Name: Lophophorus impejanus

Range: Found in regions of the Himalayan Mountains.

Habitat: Habitat changes depending on season. Always remains between 2,100 to 4,500 meters above sea level.

Diet: Mainly roots and insects.

Conservation Status: Least concern.

An interesting fact…

The Himalayan Monal is heavily tied to local folkore and thus, is recognized as the National Bird of Nepal.

We sure hope to see this beauty one day!

Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle






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