Bird Fact Friday – Blyth’s Tragopan

From page 28 of A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh:

Blyth’s tragopan is a large, brilliantly coloured game bird. It has bare yellow facial skin with a black band extending from the base of its bill to its crown. The bird has an unmarked red head, rusty-red neck and breast, and pale blue horns. Its upperparts are brownish red with many white ocelli.


Blyth’s tragopan (Tragopan blythii) are typically found on steep slopes in montane forest undergrowth.

Males tend to be 68 cm, while females are 59 cm and have a brown uniform with black buff and white mottling. They both also have pinkish-brown legs and white-spotted red flanks.

A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh
By Bikram Grewal, Sumit Sen, Sarwandeep Singh, Nikhil Devasar & Garima Bhatia

This is the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the birds of the entire Indian subcontinent. Every distinct species and subspecies—some 1,375 in all—is covered with photographs, text, and maps. The guide features more than 4,000 stunning photographs, many never before published, which have been carefully selected to illustrate key identification features of each species. The up-to-date facing-page text includes concise descriptions of plumage, voice, range, habitat, and recent taxonomic changes. Each species has a detailed map reflecting the latest distribution information and containing notes on status and population density. The guide also features an introduction that provides an overview of birdlife and a brief history of ornithology in India and its neighbors. The result is an encyclopedic photographic guide that is essential for everyone birding anywhere in the subcontinent.

  • Covers all 1,375 subcontinental bird species
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