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Meet The Himalayan Monal – The Stunning Nine-Colored Bird

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!