Tragopan is a genus of bird in the family Phasianidae. Four species of tragopans are found in India, while the fifth, Cabot’s Tragopan (Tragopan caboti), is a south-east Asian bird. All tragopans are under great threat from hunting and the fragmentation of their habitats.
This photo-feature covers all the four tragopans in India with a short background on each.
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The Western Tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus) is found in the western Himalayas from Pakistan to Uttarakhand. The best place to see them is the Great Himalayan Nation Park in Himachal Pradesh. Image by Dhritiman Mukherjee.
The Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra) is found in the Eastern Himalayas, besides Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. It is best seen in Neora Valley National Park in North Bengal. Image by Arka Sarkar.
The Blyth's Tragopan (Tragopan blythii) is the largest of the tragopans and is best seen in Nagaland and the South Assam hills. Image by Ramki Sreenivasan [from Kohima zoo].
Temminck's Tragopan (Tragopan temminckii) is the rarest of the Indian tragopans and there are a few recent records from NE India. The best place to see them is NE Arunachal, through there have been sightings from Eaglenest in Western Arunachal. Image by James Eaton.
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Tragopan is a genus of bird in the family Phasianidae. Four species of tragopans are found in India, while the fifth, Cabot’s Tragopan, is a south-east Asian bird. All tragopans are under great threat from hunting pressures and the fragmentation of their habitats.