The Himalayan monal chick spent the first weeks of her life with a young peacock. The two chicks kept each other company. The young peacock has now joined the other peacocks in the zoo. A companion of its own species was found for the young Himalayan monal; this male lived for a time in the enclosure next to the female. The animals need to get used to each other, but there is reason to hope that they will form a new Himalayan monal couple.
The male Himalayan monal is very colourful. Feathers on its back are violet and blue; its head and throat more olive green, yellow and red, the tail copper-coloured. The male also has a crest. The female is more camouflaged, brown with black stripes and a white throat.