The Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant (Tragopan temminckii) is a medium-sized bird.
The male Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant is red and orange, with white-spotted feathers. It has a black beak and pink legs. Its facial skin is blue and bare with no feathers. It has inflatable dark-blue wattles (skin flaps) on its face. The female has brown and white-spotted feathers with blue circular eye skin.
It grows to about 64 centimetres (25 inches) long.
The Temminck’s Tragopan is native to India, central China, and northern Myanmar. It prefers mountainous regions.
It is crepuscular, most active at dawn and dusk. It eats berries, grass and plants.
The male and female form a monogamous pair for life. The female lays two eggs on the ground. The eggs hatch after 24-25 days. Both the male and female look after the chicks.
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