One of the most beautiful birds of Himalayas . Male is iridescent green , copper and purple with white patch on back and cinnamon – brown tail and a prominent crest . Female has white throat , short crest , boldly streaked underparts , white crescent on upper tail coverts, and narrow white tip to tail. Himalayan Monals are found in alpine and subalpine regions of Himalayas during summer ( 3200 m – 4500 m) and descends to lower altitudes in winter ( approximately 2500 m) .
Himalayan Monal ( Male )
Male Cheer Pheasant is black barred , grey above and on breast .Long back swept brown crest and red face. Female is also same but browner and short tailed . Cheer Pheasant is mainly found on steep south facing grassy slope with Chir pine trees or scrub vegetation .Altitudinal distribution range is 1600 m to 2500 m.