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Chinese Monal
(Lophophorus lhuysii)

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Lophophorus lhuysii
Photo by John Corder


Additional Information

Breeding Season:

Breeding Age:

Clutch Size: 3 to 5

Incubation Period:: 28 days.

Description - Male: 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.

Description - Female: 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 Captivity: Not kept in private collections. It is believed that the only birds in captivity outside of China are at the San Diego Zoo.

Misc 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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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Delacour, J. 1977. The Pheasants of the World. 2nd ed., World Pheasant Association and Spur Publications, Hindhead, U.K.
  • Delacour, J. 1978. Pheasants: Their Care and Breeding. T.F.H. Publishing, Neptune, NJ.
  • De Schauensee, R.M. 1984. The Birds of China. Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Howman, K. 1991. Pheasants of the World: Their Breeding and Management. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, B.C. Canada.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1999. The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History. 2nd ed., Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.


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