The Jammu and Kashmir administration has adopted Kalij Pheasant as the new union territory bird while Hangul continues to be the UT animal.
Commissioner Secretary, Forests, Environment and Ecology, Sanjeev Verma, confirmed that Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) had been adopted as the new UT bird. “J&K had to adopt a new bird as UT bird because black-necked cranes are only found in Ladakh,” Verma said.
Erstwhile, Jammu and Kashmir state had the black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its state bird and animal, respectively. However, after the reorganisation of J&K, Ladakh adopted a black-necked crane as its UT bird.
Verma said Hangul would continue to remain as UT animal of Jammu & Kashmir.