One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian pheasant of highland forests, the male of which has brightly coloured plumage used in courtship.
Genus Tragopan, family Phasianidae: five species
- ‘I did, however, see a small monkey with enormous military moustaches, a satyr tragopan (answers on a postcard), and a pair of red river hogs - each of which were fairly exciting in their own way.’
- ‘Although they are now rare in the wild, Temminck's tragopans breed very well in captivity.’
- ‘Again, I could not have a good look, since the tragopans were very shy and flushed quickly.’
- ‘Pheasants are generally thought to be comprised of three subfamilies: Tragopaninae (tragopans), Argusianinae, and Phasianinae.’
- ‘Earlier Jammu and Kashmir had the western tragopan as its State bird.’
- ‘The tragopans are horned pheasants with short bills and tail feathers that are shorter than wing length.’
- ‘This has always been a good forest for tragopans probably due to its distance from any major settlement.’
- ‘The extensive white spotting helps to separate female tragopans from those of other pheasants, and the elongated white central spot on each feather is bordered with black.’
- ‘We felt the tragopans slipping inexorably away into the darkening forest.’
- ‘Many of this species in captivity have been hybridised with the Satyr tragopan, since the females look so similar.’
Modern Latin, from Greek, the name of a horned bird, from tragos ‘goat’ + the name Pan (see Pan).
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