Genus LOPHOPHORUS

The Monal or Impeyan Pheasant is the type of this well-marked genus, distinguished by the richly metallic plumage of the males, which have either an elongate occipital crest or, in one species (L. sclateri), all the feathers of the crown short and curled. The bill is long and stout, with the culmen well curved, the tarsi stout, feathered above, and armed in the male with a stout spur. There is a naked space around each eye. The tail, of 18 feathers, is well rounded at the end and a little shorter than the wing; the 1st quill is considerably shorter than the 10th, and the 5th is usually longest.

Pour species are now known, ranging throughout the Himalayas from Afghanistan to beyond Assam, and thence to the provinces of China lying east of Tibet.

Key to the Species. (Males only.)

a. Lower back white, rump purple……………………….L. refulgent, p. 96.
b. No white on back or rump……………………….L. impeyanus, p. 97.
c. Lower back and rump white……………………….L. sclateri, p. 98.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus LOPHOPHORUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
95
M_ID: 
1500
M_SN: 
Lophophorus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1904

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