1343. Lophophorus impeyanus

1343. Lophophorus impeyanus.

The Bronze-backed Monal.

Phasianus impejanus, Lath. Ind. Orn. ii, p. 632 (1790). Lophophorus impeyanus, v. Pelz. Ibis, 1873, p. 120; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 280. Lophophorus chambanus, C. H. T. Marshall, Ibis, 1884, p. 421, pl. x.

The male differs from that of the last species in having no white on the back, the lower back being greenish bronze, the feathers shot and edged with purple; in the upper tail-coverts being brownish chestnut, tipped with metallic green; and in having the whole of the under surface more or less glossed with metallic green. The female is not known.

Hitherto the only known locality is Chamba, south-east of Kashmir, where this species was obtained by Col. C. H. T. Marshall. I feel sceptical as to a bird of this rare form having come into Latham's bands instead of the Common Monal; but after examining Latham's description and coloured figure, I am obliged to agree with Mr. Ogilvie Grant that they correspond with the present form and not with L. refulgens.

Lophophorus sclateri, Jerdon (Ibis, 1870, p. 147; id. P. A. S. B. 1870, p. 60 ; Hume & Marsh. Game B. i, p. 135, pl.; Godwin-Austen, P. Z. S. 1879, p. 681, pl. Ii, ;Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 282), has hitherto only been obtained from the Mishrai hills, beyond British limits. It has no crest, but the crown is covered with crisply curled metallic green feathers; the hind neck and sides of the neck are coppery bronze; upper back, median and greater coverts metallic green shot with purple ; smaller coverts coppery bronze shot with green ; lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts white ; the rump-feathers black-shafted; tail chestnut tipped with white, lower parts black. The female, as described and figured by Godwin-Austen, is rich dark umber-brown, the feathers closely mottled ; lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts ochraceous white, mottled with dark brown ; tail black, with narrow whitish bars and a broad black tip.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1343. Lophophorus impeyanus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Bronze Backed Monal
Himalayan Monal
Lophophorus impejanus
Vol. 4

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