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Tragopans
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Phasianinae
Tribe: Lophophorini
Genus: Tragopan
Cuvier, 1829
Species

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.

Description

Their habit of nesting in trees is unique among phasianids.[1]

Etymology

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).

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Taxonomy

Species

There are five recognized species of Tragopans. Tragopans are endangered.

References

  1. ^ McGowan, Philip; M.W. Ridley (2003). Christopher Perrins. ed. Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds. Firelfly Books. pp. 176. ISBN 1-55297-777-3. 




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