The Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant (Tragopan temminckii) is a medium-sized bird.
The adult 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 parents look after the chicks.
The two photographed Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant chicks are one month old, born in July 2019. They were born at the Paris Zoo.
The adult 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 adult female has brown and white-spotted feathers with blue circular eye skin.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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