Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several Asian pheasants of the genus Tragopan, the male of which has brilliant plumage, a brightly colored wattle, and two hornlike appendages on the head that inflate during courtship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pheasant of the genus Tragopan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of Asiatic pheasants of the genus Ceriornis. They are brilliantly colored with a variety of tints, the back and breast are usually covered with white or buff ocelli, and the head is ornamented with two bright-colored, fleshy wattles. The crimson tragopan, or horned pheasant (Ceriornis satyra), of India is one of the best-known species.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pheasant of the genus Ceriornis, so called from the erectile fleshy horns on the head, suggestive of a faun or satyr; a horned pheasant. They are also called satyrs. One of the best-known is the crimson tragopan, C. satyra.
  • n. [capitalized] Same as Ceriornis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. brilliantly colored Asian pheasant having wattles and two fleshy processes on the head

Etymologies

Latin tragopān, fabulous bird, from Greek : tragos, goat + Pan, Pān; see Pan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha), western tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus), and Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus) - are characteristic of these sub-alpine western Himalayan forests and have low disturbance thresholds.

    Western Himalayan subalpine conifer forests

  • The Western Himalaya EBA has 11 species restricted to it, including the Himalayan quail as well as the cheer pheasant (Catreus wallichii, VU) and the western tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus, VU).

    Biological diversity in the Himalayas

  • Forest fragmentation in India and Pakistan is causing the continued decline of the Western tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus, VU).

    Biological diversity in the Himalayas

  • Some of these species are Blyth's tragopan (Tragopan blythii), great hornbill (Buceros bicornis), wreathed hornbill (Aceros undulatus), and rufous-necked hornbill (Aceros mipalensis).

    Northern Triangle subtropical forests

  • Other rare and important species in the area of Mount Wuyi include: the Chinese tiger Panthera tigris amoyensis, clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa, leopard P. pardus, black muntjac Muntiacus crinifrons, mainland serow Capricornis sumatraensis, Cabot's tragopan Tragopan caboti, Chinese black-backed pheasant Syrmaticus ellioti, the Chinese giant salamander Andrias davidianus, and the butterfly Golden Kaiserihind Teinopalpus aureus.

    Mount Wuyi, China

  • The largest number of the highly threatened western tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus) and long-billed bush-warbler (Bradypterus major) are found here.

    East Afghan montane conifer forests

  • There are several other high-elevation specialists, such as the Himalayan snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis), Tibetan partridge (Perdix hodgsoniae), snow partridge (Lerwa lerwa), Satyr tragopan (Tragopan satyra), lammergeier, and the Himalayan griffon, that also need conservation attention.

    Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows

  • I may put up my own pic in a while: we keep a spiny lobster, a hippo, a tragopan, a Zuni turtle and the latest addition, an armadillo, who looks perpetually ill-at-ease.

    Animal toys

  • But in other parts of this unknown land systematic collecting of skins goes on, for bale after bale of impeyan and red argus (tragopan) pheasant skins goes down to the Calcutta wharves, where its infamous contents, though known, are safe from seizure under the Nepal Raja's seal!

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

  • Behind, in the background, is given a view of Temminck's tragopan, in order to show the remarkable way in which these birds display their throat-wattler in the breeding-season. (p. 345)

    Words and Pictures From Old Books

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  • Quite a jaunty little thing, isn't it? :-)

    June 5, 2007

  • yay! I love their little horns...

    June 5, 2007