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Photo by Somendra Singh
Gairbans, Singalila National Park, India, April 2006
Tragopan satyra


  • Black head
  • Crimson band on either side of crest
  • Crimon neck, upperparts and underparts
  • Red under tail coverts
  • Black tip to the tail
  • Brown iris
  • Black bill
  • Dark blue bare throat skin
  • Pink legs


  • Dull brown or rufous upperparts
  • Pale buff central markings with blackish patches
  • Tail: rufous brown with black and buff bars
  • Horn-coloured bil
  • Whitish grey. legs


Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas and Bhutan.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist oak and rhododendron forests with dense undergrowth and bamboo clumps.

In Bhutan this tragopan is a frequent resident, found throughout the alpine and temperate zones. Its altitudinal range from 2,000m to 3,600m, more occasionally to 1,400m and 3,800m.

It is considered near threatened by BirdLife International and has declined particularly in the western part of its range due to loss of and hunting pressure.



They lay 4-6 eggs which are incubated for 28 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. .gbwf.org
  4. BF Member observations

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