Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasants

Temminck’s satyr (Tragopan temmincki)

The Temmink’s Tragopan Pheasant is a medium-sized pheasant that lives at high altitudes in the Eastern Himalayas, Southern Tibet, Myanmar, and some surrounding areas.

 The Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasant is widespread throughout forests of northern South Asia.


The Temminck’s Tragopan pheasant is medium-sized with white-spotted plumage, black bill, and pink legs. The cock is an extremely bright-colored bird, mostly a rich shade of orange smothered with whitish ocelli which are the eyes that run down his back that are very much like a peacock. He has a gorgeous blue face surrounded by black. Like all the Tragopans he has an amazing display and has a pair of “horns” from his crown and a bib from the throat. The “bib” or lappet is quite bright, with red and blue markings.

The female is a white-spotted brown bird with blue circular eye skin.

These birds are extremely hardy and are easy to keep in a medium to large aviary. A 12′ x 24′ will accommodate a pair of Tragopan. They like high perches and unlike many pheasants will use an elevated nest box.


You can feed your pheasant pellets as well as fruit and berries and a small amount of grains.


These birds will breed in their second year. The hen will lay in April. Usually, 2 – 4 eggs are in a clutch and up to 12 eggs in a season. Incubation is normally 28 days.

If you are looking for a quiet bird that is quite easily tamed, you have found what you are looking for with the Temminck’s Tragopan. If you have the space to accommodate them, they are truly a treasure to keep!