Two years back, Sumit K. Sen, one of India’s foremost birders set himself the task of finding out which of the over 1,250 bird species found in India is considered the most beautiful. He got 38 birders to short list 10 of India’s prettiest birds. Thereafter, he put them to open vote. The process is described here:
He received a total of 544 votes. The stunning Himalayan Monal, (Lophophorus impejanus) took first place:
The second place went to Fire-tailed Myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura):
Both of the above birds are found in Bhutan. In fact, the image of the Fire-tailed Myzornis was photographed by me. It was shot at Dochu-La in the winter of 2007.