Temminck’s Tragopan

Our Scimitar-Horned Oryx, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Scimitar-Horned Oryx (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Scimitar-Horned Oryx Facts
Temminck’s Tragopan
Tragopan temminckii

Type
Bird

Life Span
Wild:3 years
Captivity:15 years

Size
22-24 inches

Average Weight
2-3 lbs

Group Name
Nye

Group Size
1-2

Name of Young
Chick

Our Scimitar-Horned Oryx, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • The Temminck’s tragopan is a medium sized species of pheasant. Males and females are sexually dimorphic, meaning they look different. Males are brightly colored, but females are brown and drab. However, the females’ dull coloration helps them hide in the forest.
  • Females build their nests in bushes or low tree branches. Some, however, will seek out abandoned nests rather than build their own and line them with twigs and leaves.
  • Female Temminck’s tragopans raise their chicks on their own. The chicks grow rapidly and are able to fly days after hatching. They will remain with their mother for about a month and a half.
  • They are shy birds that spend much of their time hiding. Tragopans are mostly terrestrial, meaning they spend their time on the ground, but they do nest in trees.

Did You Know?

Males are brownish red with spots. They have blue skin on their face and a wattle on their throats than can be inflated. They also have blue fleshy horn-like projections over their eyes. These features are used to attract females.