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Meet The Himalayan Monal – The Stunning Nine-Colored Bird

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When talking about the most beautiful bird in the world, the Himalayan monal often gets mentioned.

With its metallic rainbow-colored plumage, this bird is absolutely stunning.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

So beautiful, that this bird is in fact the national bird of Nepal.

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They are best known for their iridescent plumage and have become hugely popular in recent years.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

Stretching around 70cm on average and weighing around 5lbs, they aren’t the smallest of birds.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

The Himalayan monal is also known as the ‘nine-colored-bird’ due to the nine colors you will see on this bird.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

With a white back and black underparts, the male displays a prominent white patch on its rump amid flight.

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the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

The youngsters don’t sport the vibrant plumage like the adult males.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

Their diet consists of insects, seeds, berries and shoots, they will spend most of the day foraging for these items.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

Their large bills have evolved to be used for digging and reaching insects.

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Due to their snow-covered climate, these birds are tolerant to the cold.

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They are solitary creatures unless, with a mate, this is mostly observed during the breeding season between April and August.

the himalayan monal is a beautiful mountain pheasant who displays a striking rainbow plumage

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Written by Joe Kahlo

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