Tragopan is a genus of bird in the family Phasianidae. These birds are commonly called "horny pheasants" because of two brightly-coloured, fleshy horns on their heads that they can erect during courtship displays.
Their habit of nesting in trees is unique among phasianids.
The scientific name refers to this, being a composite of tragus (billy goat) and the ribald half-goat deity Pan (and in the case of the Satyr Tragopan, adding Pan's companions for even more emphasis).
There are five recognized species of Tragopans. Tragopans are endangered.
- Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus
- Satyr Tragopan Tragopan satyra
- Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii
- Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii
- Cabot's Tragopan Tragopan caboti
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