Monal-The Himalayan monal is the state bird of Uttarakhand. The state bird of Uttarakhand is also deemed as the national bird of Nepal. The state bird of Uttarakhand, the Himalayan Monal, is also known as the Imperial Monal. Another name that is given to the state bird of Uttarakhand is the Imperial Pheasant.
The state bird of Uttarakhand belongs to the ‘Lophophorus’ of the Pheasant family (Phasianidae). The state bird of Uttarakhand is famous for its white rump: but the male Himalayan Monals lack the white rump, instead they have a green rump.
The Himalayan Monals, the Uttarakhand state bird, are basically large sized bird, which is about 70 centimeters in length. The weight of the Himalayan monal varies between 1980 to 2380 grams in case of males, and 1800 to 2150 grams in females.
Moreover, it is interesting to know that there is a basic difference in the features of the male and female Monals. The male bird possesses a long crest and has a multi-colored plumage throughout the body; whereas the female birds are basically dull in color, with dark brownish-black feathers.
Notable feature of the state bird of Uttarakhand is its long crest, metallic green color and a prominent white back and rump. Female birds have prominent white patch in the fore neck and a white strip on its tail.
Further, the state bird secures a distinct position among the pheasants due to its strong built, and a colorful plumage. The bird is found in the oak-conifer forests in the alpine meadows of Uttarakhand.
A snapshot at the state bird of Uttarakhand can be as follows:
Scientific name – Lophophorus impejanus.
Breeding season – April to August.
Family group – Communal roosting.
Eating habit – Seeds, buds, shoots, roots, tubers, smaller insects and larvae.
Incubation – 27 days.
Young ones per birth – 4 to 8 eggs.
This was a quick of the state bird at Uttarakhand.