Rare bird hatched at panda re­search base

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The Chengdu Re­search Base of Gi­ant Panda Breed­ing said on May 6 that it has hatched the egg of a Chi­nese monal ( Lophopho­rus lhuysii), a bird as rare as the gi­ant panda. The bird, which lives in alpine shrubs more than 3,000 me­ters above sea level, is one of the largest pheas­ants in the world. It is listed as a Grade 1 Statepro­tected species in China, as there are fewer than 3,000 left in the wild. Eleven of the birds live in cap­tiv­ity at Feng­tongzhai Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve in Sichuan. More eggs are ex­pected to hatch soon.

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