Concept

Sclater's monal

Summary
Sclater's monal (Lophophorus sclateri) also known as the crestless monal is a Himalayan pheasant. The name commemorates the British zoologist Philip Lutley Sclater. Taxonomy Sclater's monal has three recognized subspecies:
  • L. s. arunachalensis (Kumar & Singh, 2004)
  • L. s. orientalis (Davison G.W.H., 1974)
  • L. s. sclateri (Jerdon, 1870)
Description Sclater's monal is a large, approximately long, monal pheasant. As with other monals, the male is a colourful bird. It has a highly iridescent purplish-green upperparts plumage, short and curly metallic green crown feathers, copper neck, purplish-black throat, white back, blue orbital skin, yellowish-orange bill and brown iris. In the nominate subspecies, the tail is white with a broad chestnut band, while the tail is entirely white in L. s. arunachalensis from western Arunachal Pradesh in India. The crestless female is mostly a dark brown bird with a white throat and tail-tip, dull bluish orbital skin and a pale yell
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