Himalayan Monal and Slater Monal

Himalayan Monal and Slater Monal

Recently in a significant finding for Avifauna diversity of Arunachal Pradesh, the Sclater’s Monal (Lophophorus Sclateri) and Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus Impejanus) were sighted at the Mount Eko Dumbing that lies between Yingkiong and Singga in Upper Siang district.

Mount Eko Dumbing, situated at an altitude of 4173 metres above mean sea level, is one of the highest peaks in the Upper Siang district, covered with snow for most of the year. It is home to various species of flora and fauna.

Key Facts

  • Monal is a typical bird found in high altitude areas, It is a high altitude bird, rarely come down below 1,500 metre.
  • It is listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat loss and hunting.
  • Both these species have been sighted by the team of researchers on Mount Eko Dumbing at an altitude of 4,173 meters above sea level. The sighting of these two species here is a good indicator for the ecosystem of the region.

Source: The Hindu

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