Year of 2017

Himalayan monal in Sagarmāthā National Park, Nepal

New York Fashion Week? Pshaw! Haute couture has nothing on Mother Nature. Check out the iridescent plumage of the male Himalayan monal, a pheasant that prefers to catch a female monal’s attention by looking as flashy as possible, right down to the peacock-like crest above the eyes. You’ll find these birds across the Himalayas, foraging even in snow with their tough beaks, digging for roots and tubers or snapping up grubs.

The Himalayan monal, also known as the Impeyan monal, Impeyan pheasant, is a bird in the pheasant family, Phasianidae. It is the national bird of Nepal, where it is known as Danphe, and state bird of Uttarakhand India, where it is known as Monal. It was also the state bird of Himachal Pradesh, until 2007.
Scientific name: Lophophorus impejanus
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Lophophorus