IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Biology

These shy, elusive birds live singly or in pairs (4). Unlike most of their pheasant relatives, Temminck's tragopan prefers to nest in trees (4), although spends most of the daytime on the ground scratching for flowers, leaves, grass-stalks, ferns, mosses, berries, seeds and the occasional insect (2) (5). The mating season starts in March and lasts about a month or so. Courting males attempting to entice females to mate inflate the large, brightly-coloured patch on their throat, erect the two long fleshy horns above their eyes, fan their tail and perform an impressive dancing display (5). New nests are usually built in trees just a few feet off the ground, but the abandoned nests of other species are also often taken over, which the female then lines with leaves, twigs and feathers (2) (4) (5). Three to five eggs are laid per clutch from early May and incubated for 26 to 28 days by the female (2). Raised solely by the hen (2), the chicks develop quickly and are able to fly just days after hatching (4). Nevertheless, the female remains with her chicks for about a month to six weeks, until they are able to feed themselves and are capable of climbing to safety in trees (5).

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