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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
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Cuvier, 1829

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.[1]


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).

Eggs of Tragopan and other pheasants



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


  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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