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.
Genus Tragopan, family Phasianidae: five species
- ‘This has always been a good forest for tragopans probably due to its distance from any major settlement.’
- ‘Many of this species in captivity have been hybridised with the Satyr tragopan, since the females look so similar.’
- ‘The tragopans are horned pheasants with short bills and tail feathers that are shorter than wing length.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Again, I could not have a good look, since the tragopans were very shy and flushed quickly.’
- ‘We felt the tragopans slipping inexorably away into the darkening forest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Pheasants are generally thought to be comprised of three subfamilies: Tragopaninae (tragopans), Argusianinae, and Phasianinae.’
Modern Latin, from Greek, the name of a horned bird, from tragos ‘goat’ + the name Pan (see Pan).
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