This beautiful pheasant ‘dances’ in a bid to attract a mate
Found in the mountain forests of western and central China, northeast India and northern Myanmar, Temminck’s tragopans are arguably the most beautiful of all pheasant species. Their bright blue face and throat wattle are used to entice females during the mating season. The males inflate their neck patch, fan their tails and attract the females’ attention by display ‘dancing’.
The males don’t develop their striking bright red plumage until their second year; in their first year they have camouflage colouration similar to females. In China these pheasants are known as ‘baby cry birds’, so-called for the wailing cry the males make in the evenings. Female tragopans make their nests high up in mature trees, often using abandoned nests. This tragopan is named after Coenraad Jacob Temminck, a Dutch zoologist and museum director.
right While it spends the majority of the day feeding on the ground, unusually for pheasants, Temminck’s tragopans prefer to nest in trees