One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian pheasant of highland forests, the male of which has brightly colored plumage used in courtship.
- ‘Pheasants are generally thought to be comprised of three subfamilies: Tragopaninae (tragopans), Argusianinae, and Phasianinae.’
- ‘The tragopans are horned pheasants with short bills and tail feathers that are shorter than wing length.’
- ‘Earlier Jammu and Kashmir had the western tragopan as its State bird.’
- ‘Although they are now rare in the wild, Temminck's tragopans breed very well in captivity.’
- ‘Many of this species in captivity have been hybridised with the Satyr tragopan, since the females look so similar.’
- ‘Again, I could not have a good look, since the tragopans were very shy and flushed quickly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This has always been a good forest for tragopans probably due to its distance from any major settlement.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We felt the tragopans slipping inexorably away into the darkening forest.’
Modern Latin, from Greek, the name of a horned bird, from tragos ‘goat’ + the name Pan (see Pan).
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