National Geographic Explorers: Lucy Hawkes

National Geographic Explorer Lucy Hawkes is working to spread awareness of less understood seabirds.

See why this colourful ‘king of birds’ is at the centre of conservation efforts

The western tragopan (or jujurana, which means “king of birds”) is one of the most vulnerable pheasants in the world; just 3,300 survive in the wild today. This species can be found only in the western Himalaya and is most protected in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. National Geographic grantee Munmun Dhalaria created a short film that features her sighting of the bird, one of the longest jujurana sightings ever to be documented in the wild. Dhalaria’s film also highlights the bird’s courtship display in captivity and the state’s overall conservation effort to protect the king of birds.