Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More pheasants and some others

Genus Ithaginis
"irregular from Greek ithagenēs legitimate, aboriginal"

Blood Pheasant, Ithaginis cruentus

Genus Tragopan
These birds are commonly called "horny pheasants" because of two brightly colored, fleshy horns on their heads that they can erect during courtship displays. The scientific name refers to this, being a composite of tragus (billy goat) and the ribald half-goat deity Pan.

Western Tragopan, Tragopan melanocephalus

Satyr Tragopan, Tragopan satyra

Blyth's Tragopan, Tragopan blythii

Temminck's Tragopan, Tragopan temminckii

Cabot's Tragopan, Tragopan caboti

Genus Pucrasia
Name comes from the Garhwali name Pukras (pokras, koklas) for the Koklas Pheasant

Koklass Pheasant, Pucrasia macrolopha
There are several different subspecies

These ones remind me of partridges.

"Perdicinae is a subfamily of birds in the pheasant family, that includes the partridges, the snowcocks, the francolins, the spurfowl and the Old World quail."

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