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Temminck’s tragopan

Tragopan temminckii

Temminck’s tragopan

Temminck’s tragopans are one of the most beautiful pheasants in the world, thanks to their striking blue faces and wattles.  Males are easy to spot as they are orange with spots of grey and black.  Females have dull plumages with black, brown and grey markings, which help to camouflage them in the wild. The male tragopan, however, can look even more stunning in the mating season and in full display.  He likes to hide behind large rocks and small bushes and surprise the female by jumping out and displaying with his brightly coloured ‘bib’ inflated and two small horns erect.  He will fan his tail and wings to impress her also.


Diet - Herbivore
Temminck’s tragopans eat mainly berries, grass and plants.

The average Temminck’s tragopan is approximately 58 to 64 centimetres long and weighs between 907 and 1450 grams.

Temminck’s tragopans are found in forests in Asia, India, Vietnam, Tibet and the northern provinces of China.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes that the Temminick’s tragopan is at risk of extinction in the wild.

Humans are the biggest threat to this type of pheasant. Hunters track and kill these beautiful birds and collect their eggs.

Current population
The species is not currently endangered. Their habitat is slowing declining but there are still large volumes of Temminick’s tragopans in the wild.

Zoo population
There are more than 220 Temminck’s tragopans living in zoos around the world.