Cheli La, Paro, Bhutan
The Himalayan Monal is distributed in the Himalayas from eastern
Afghanistan to Bhutan and north-east India. It is found in open
forest with rhododendron and bamboo at between 2,100 and 4,500
The male is spectacularly multicoloured as
can be seen in photos 1 and 2 and it has a wiry,
blue-green crest and a rufous tail. The female is a heavily
marked brown with a white chin and blue skin around the eye.
They dig the ground with their bill looking for a wide variety of
food such as insects, tubers, seeds and berries.