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Lophophorus lhuysii

Chinese Monal

Lophophorus lhuysii

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Galliformes
Familia: Phasianidae
Subfamilia: Phasianinae
Genus: Lophophorus
Species: Lophophorus lhuysii


Lophophorus lhuysii Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Verreaux, 1866

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Grünschwanz-Glanzfasan
English: Chinese Monal
中文: 绿尾虹雉

The Chinese Monal, Lophophorus lhuysii, is one of the most brilliant of all pheasants. The plumage is highly iridescent. The male has a large drooping purple crest, a metallic green head, blue bare skin around the eyes, a reddish gold mantle, bluish green feathers and black underparts. The female is dark brown with white on its throat.

Largest of the three monals, up to 80cm in length, the Chinese Monal is restricted to mountains of central China.

The scientific name commemorates the French statesman Edmond Drouyn de Lhuys.

Due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation, limited range and illegal hunting, the Chinese Monal is evaluated as Vulnerable on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix I of CITES.


* BirdLife International (2004). Lophophorus lhuysii. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is vulnerable and the criteria used

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