Other Names: Chinese Impeyan
Range: Central China
Habitat: Coniferous forests and alpine meadows up to 16,000 feet and 9,000 feet in winter.
Brief Description: The largest of the Monals. Male similar to the Himalayan Monal, but having a bushy, drooping crest which is an ireidescent purple-bronze; the head is metallic green; orbital skin blue; hindneck and mantle coppery gold; neck, throat and chin black; lower back is white (concealed when not in flight); underparts black. The female differs from impeyanus in have a blacker back with the feathers barred; the lower back is white. Underparts blackish-brown, with buff streaks.
Status in Wild: Listed as a CITES Appendix I endangered species.
Status in Aviculture: Not kept in private collections. It is believed that the only birds in captivity outside of China are at the San Diego Zoo.
Clutch Size: 3 to 5 eggs.
Incubation Period: 28 days.
Misc. Aviculture Notes: As mentioned, there are no birds in private
aviaries. The San Diego Zoo has been successful in producing a few chicks, but
it is unlikely that this species will ever be available to the private breeder.
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