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Cabot's Tragopan
(Tragopan caboti)

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Cabot's Male

Tragopan caboti
Photo by Myles Lamont


Additional Information

Breeding Season: March to April.

Breeding Age: Second year.

Clutch Size: 2 to 4

Incubation Period:: 28 days.

Description - Male:

Description - Female:

Status in Captivity: Uncommon.

Misc Notes: The following information was provided by Ted Norris, February 06, 1999.

Breeds from early March; male occupying a forest territory first and calling at dawn on tree branches. As a strong territory defender, threatens invaders if any. Builds a nest of leaves, cogongrass, mosses and feathers at recesses between tall tree trunks and branches of xylosma, maple, eyer ever-green chinkapin and armand pine; or by scraping a shallow depression on the ground with claws by roads or at rocks. Eggs: 2-4, often 3, 6-12 in Guangxi; oval; clay rufous with red brown and grey purple speckles; laid in April; incubated by female for 28 days. Gathers in flocks of 2-3 families headed by female, joined by some males at end of autumn or in winter until next February. Chicks mature sexually in third year. Food: oak, farges evergreen-chinkapin, fern, mountain cherry, raspberry, bitter evergreen chinkapin, azalea, Chinese supplejack, Siberian solomonseal, fragrant solomonseal, wild grape, common ophiorrhiza, Chinese bayberry, oldhani Daphniphyllum, earth worm, termite pupa and caterpillar. Voice: calling, "ga"; displaying, "weia, weia,weia"; occupying territory and threatening, "ga-ra-, ga-ra-", followed by "ga-ga-ga".


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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Delacour, J. 1977. The Pheasants of the World. 2nd ed., World Pheasant Association and Spur Publications, Hindhead, U.K.
  • Delacour, J. 1978. Pheasants: Their Care and Breeding. T.F.H. Publishing, Neptune, NJ.
  • De Schauensee, R.M. 1984. The Birds of China. Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Hayes, LB. 1995. Upland Game Birds: Their Breeding and Care. Leland Hayes, Valley Center, CA.
  • Howman, K. 1991. Pheasants of the World: Their Breeding and Management. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, B.C. Canada.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1999. The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History. 2nd ed., Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.


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