Western Tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus)

The Western Tragopan – Jujurana – Tragopan melanocephalus, is a symbol of the grandeur of pheasants and is among the most beautiful of birds and aptly named the King of Birds . Jujurana, meaning “king of birds”, is the Indian name for the highly endangered pheasant – the Western Tragopan. There are supposedely less than 5000 birds alive today. It is found in the Western Himalayas, mostly around the forests of Himachal Pradesh.

The world distribution of WT is limited to parts of Pakistan, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Its confirmed eastern limit of distribution is Himachal-Uttar Pradesh boundary at the junction of Kinnaur (HP) and Uttarkashi (U.P.) districts. This pheasant has been well recorded from the Great Himalayan National Park (Gaston et al 1993), and Rupi-Bhaba (Pandey1991b) and Daranghati wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh.


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. KandyMay says:

    What a beautiful bird, how sad that it’s time on earth is almost at an end.

    1. yup, so beautiful it is, but almost at the end ..

  2. Samuel says:

    Well, let’s just be thankful third world war does not erupt this weekend, with all the muslim terrorists, falling jets, black student riots, Europe shootings and socialist/fascist election debates. Let’s just quietly enjoy our turkeys tonight (if we can afford that) before we stomp on each other on black friday sales.

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