Thursday, February 26, 2009

Himalayan Monal

My coworker Angel, basking in our lack of dress code, came to work in a banana suit yesterday.

Goal for the week 12.5hrs
still sanding

The Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impeianus) is a pheasant that looks like it fell out of some high fantasy world and got lost. They do look like they might have been domesticated by elves or something. The Himalayan Monal ranges from eastern Afghanistan to Bhutan.  They are very sexually dimorphic the females do not display the iridescent plumage. They are the national bird of Nepal and the state bird of Uttarakhand.  The males used to be under heavy hunting pressure for their use in ornamental hats until hunting was banned in 1982, currently this species is doing just fine. They are very vocal birds and then to call most frequently in April during the breeding season.

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