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Temminck's tragopan

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The Temminck's tragopan (Tragopan temminckii) belongs to the pheasant family, Phasianidae and genus Tragopan. These birds are medium sized and are approximately 70 cm long, weighing about 1500 grams. They are distributed in the forests of East Himalayas, Peninsular India, northeast India, Tibet, north and central China, north Myanmar and north Vietnam.

The male bird is slightly larger than the female. The stocky male has red-orange plumage with white spots all over. Its beak is black in color and the legs are pink. The female is dull brown in color. These birds feed on ferns, bamboo sprouts, mosses, berries, grass flowers, leaves, grass stalks, and plants.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified them as of "Least Concern".

Indian bird - Temminck's tragopan - Tragopan temminckii
Temminck's tragopan - Tragopan temminckii

Biological classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Subfamily:Phasianinae
Genus:Tragopan
Species:T. temminckii
Binomial name:Tragopan temminckii
Distribution: northeast India, northwest Vietnam, Tibet and northern provinces of China;
Feeding habits:berries, grass and plants;
IUCN status listing:Least Concern

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tragopan_satyra,_ZOO_Praha_158.jpg
Author: Matěj Baťha | License: CC BY-SA 3.0

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