Monal or Impeyan pheasant is the state bird of Uttarakhand and is to feature on the state tableau for the Republic Day Parade. It is also the national bird of Nepal. Is belongs to the pheasant family and is found in the Himalayan forests and scrublands. It is also found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. It was earlier threatened in Himachal Pradesh due to demand for its feathers but the population improved after the imposition of a hunting ban in the 1980s.
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