Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 10/15/2015


Photo taken on September 21, 2015


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Family: Phasianidae
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Subfamily: Phasianinae
Genus: Lophophorus
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21 September 2015


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Coat of many colours

Coat of many colours
This amazing Himalayan Monal takes my breath away each time I see it! It is a fairly recent addition to the Calgary Zoo, along with a female who, of course, is much less colourful. I will add a previously posted photo of the female in a comment box below.

In November last year, I had managed to get a couple of shots of the less-colourful female, but the male was more or less in hiding. Then, on 21 September 2015, the male was out in the open, to my delight. What a magnificent bird it is, with its feathers of many colours.

“This colourful bird is commonly called the Impeyan after Lady Impey, wife of the British chief justice of Calcutta, who first kept them in captivity on the grounds of their estate in the late 18th century. Lady Impey kept extensive notes about habitat and behaviour which were of great use to biologists in their work on native species.

These beautiful birds have a very large range throughout Asia in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet. However, in some areas they are threatened due to poaching and other human disturbances to their environment.

They are to be found primarily in mountainous regions; in summer, they are found in rocky, grass-covered meadows and winter in coniferous and mixed forests.

Their diet includes seeds, tubers, shoots, berries, terrestrial insects and their larvae. They dig extensively with their bill, up to 25 cm deep, creating distinctive dug-over areas in their territory. They forage throughout the day.” From the Calgary Zoo.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_monal

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