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Cabot's Tragopan - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Notuswinner
Fujian, China, August 2019
Tragopan caboti


Male c. 61 cm (24 in); female 50 cm (19¾ in)

  • Black head
  • Orange orbital skin
  • Reddish-orange crest
  • Pale buff underparts
  • Maroon red with spotted buff upperparts

Female is mottled black and rufous brown above with whitish patches; belly is greyish brown with large white markings.

Photo © by James Eaton
Wuyishan , Jiangxi, China, May 2008


Southeast China: Resident in Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • T. c. caboti:
  • Foothill forests of south-eastern China
  • T. c. guangxiensis:
  • South East China (north-eastern Guangxi Zhuangu Autonomous Region)


Coniferous or broadleaved foothill forests.


Cautious and secretive, feeds on forest floor or in trees. Descends to the ground before dawn, and back to dwelling trees at dusk with male flying up first and female following suit.


It would appear that, in the winter, they go to areas rich in nuts.


Territorial call consists of repeated rapid burst of 5-25 notes lasting 2-8 seconds, diminishing in pitch and volume. Also utters sharp, repeated notes as "summons" calls.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cabot's Tragopan (Tragopan caboti). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53480 on 25 August 2019)
  3. Birdforum member observations

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