A highly communicative bird, the Himalayan monal uses several different call types to express meaning to its mate, other birds in its foraging group, or intruding birds.
Males also use body displays to attract females; bobbing the head-crest and fanning their tail feathers. The breeding season begins in April when the monals are at higher altitudes. Himalayan monal has very strong legs and a long, curved beak which together enable it to dig into the hard soil of the mountains. This method of foraging leaves conspicuous areas of turned over soil up to 25cm deep on hillsides.
DID YOU KNOW? These birds belong to the pheasant family!
- Least Concern
- Near Threatened
- Critically Endangered
- Extinct in the Wild