Monal count has risen to 176 at Kullu national park

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  • The population of the Himalayan monal, the former state bird, has risen to 176 at the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), a UNESCO world heritage site, in Kullu district, revealed a survey conducted by the park authorities for 2022-23.
  • Last year, the strength of the bird was 168, while it was merely 90 in 2015-16.
  • The Himalayan monal is continuously under threat from poachers because of its colourful crest, which people use to decorate their caps.
  • However, the use of the crest of the bird on the cap is prohibited under law.
  • Strict vigilance by the GHNP authorities on poachers has played a crucial role in checking the poaching of the Himalayan monal for its crest, which resulted in an increase in its population.
  • Nishant Mandhotra, Divisional Forest Officer, GHNP, said, “We conducted a survey in February this year to ascertain the strength of the Himalayan monal in the GHNP area.
  • The survey found the direct/indirect sighting of 176 birds, of which 69% were male.
  • With regard to the abundance of other pheasants, a total of 30 birds of three species (Western tragopan, koklass pheasant and kalij pheasant) were reported in these predefined trails as per the monitoring protocol of the GHNP Conservation Area.

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