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In pictures: South Asian beauties in danger
'Bird of nine colours'

Another famous member of the pheasant family is the Himalayan Monal (left), which is Nepal's national bird and the state bird of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Described as "a self-confident bird not afraid to strut its stuff in front of humans with its beak raised loftily" wildlife campaigners say they are increasingly concerened about the decline in its numbers. It is also known as the "bird of nine colours".
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