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Birds

Blyth's
Tragopan

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Blyth's Tragopan

Tragopan blythii

Blyth’s tragopan pheasant is the largest Tragopan. Like most pheasants, the male is brightly colored. It is recognized by its rusty red head, yellow facial skin, and that it is spotted with small white dots on its back called ocelli. A black band extends from the base of the bill to the crown coupled with another black band extending behind the eyes. Like the rest of the tragopans, males have two pale blue horns that become erect during matting. Its lappet, a decorated flap, hangs from the throat and is brightly colored. This lappet can be expanded and exposed during mating season as well. Females are not as brightly colored as the male tragopan, for they do not need the extravagant appearance to attract a male counterpart. Overall, they are dark brown with a mixture of black, buff and white mottling. Their simple and dull look is a protection mechanism from other animals, known as camouflage. It also allows the females to protect their young that are in the early stages of life.

Grey-bellied Tragopan

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    ব্লাইদের ট্রাগোপ্যান
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Taxanomy

GALLIFORMES
PHASIANIDAE
Tragopan blythii

Quick Facts
  • It is a state bird of Nagaland.
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