Verreaux's Monal-Partridge (Tetraophasis obscurus)

The Verreaux's Monal-Partridge, also known as the Himalayan Monal, is a stunningly beautiful bird found in the Himalayan region of Asia. With its iridescent plumage in an array of colors from metallic greens and blues, to purples, reds, and golds, this bird is often considered one of the most colorful in the world. Its striking appearance has made it a favorite among bird watchers and ornithologists alike.

The Verreaux's Monal-Partridge is a medium-sized bird measuring about 60 cm in length. It has a distinctive crest made of feathers that can be raised and lowered at will. The male birds are more colorful than the females. The male Monal has a head covered in shiny green feathers that blend into blue on its neck and chest. Its wings are metallic green on top and black below. The tail feathers are brilliant green with wavy bands of black and white on the tips, while the female has a duller color that blends well with its environment.

The Monal is a ground-dwelling bird that lives in the temperate forests and alpine zones of the Himalayan region between 2,400 to 4,500 meters of elevation. It feeds on a variety of food including berries, seeds, and insects. These birds nest on the ground and lay around 3-6 eggs in a deep scrape.

The hunting and habitat loss are the main threats to the Verreaux's Monal-Partridge. However, there are strict regulations in place to protect the Monal, including its designation as a species of least concern on the conservation list. Many bird sanctuaries and national parks in the Himalayas proudly showcase the Monal, educating people on its importance and conserving their habitats.

The Verreaux's Monal-Partridge is revered for its beauty and elegance, representing one of nature's finest creations. This rare and captivating bird is a living treasure of the Himalayas that deserves to be preserved and protected for generations to come.

Other names

Tetraophasis obscurus



Verreaux's Monal-Partridge

gall nival gola-roig



riđogrla jarebica

velekur hnědohrdlý

Rødstrubet Monal

Tibetaans Wigstaarthoen


Tétraophase de Verreaux


Pernice di Verreaux


Vero monalas


górak rudogardły



Smeđobrada fazanska jarebica

tokáň horský

Perdiz faisán gorjioscura

brunstrupig kungshöna

Al Gerdanlı Kumar Kekliği

кундик плямистогрудий


brūnrīkles sniegirbe