Chinese Monals

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The Chinese Monal, Lophophorus lhuysii, is only found in the mountains of central China. This species is endangered due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation, limited range and illegal hunting.


Description

The Chinese Monal is the largest of the 3 monal species. It averages ~ 31 inches or 80 cm in length.

The Chinese Moral is one of the most brilliant of all pheasants. Its plumage is highly iridescent. The male has a large drooping purple crest, a metallic green head, blue bare skin around the eyes, a reddish gold mantle, bluish green feathers and black underparts. The female is dark brown with white on its throat.



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