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Red Tragopan Pheasant Bone Feather Jewelry

Red Tragopan Pheasant. This is also a newly upgraded style and is noticeably different from the old style I did for years.

The Temminck's Tragopan, or Crimson Bellied Tragopan as it is sometimes called, is arguably one of the most beautiful of all of the pheasants. The male's plumage is dominated by brilliant orange-red. The breast and abdomen feathers are bright orange with tear-shaped white centers tinged in pinkish-gray. The back and rump feathers are dark reddish-orange with tiny white centers edged in black. The tail is brown barred and stippled with black at the base turning to black at the tip.

The Temminck's tragopan, Tragopan temminckii, can be found in Eastern India, Southern and Central Asia, as well as Central China. Unlike most of their pheasant relatives, the Temminck's tragopan prefers to nest in trees and can be found living at altitudes between 3,000 and 12,000 feet. They prefer high hills because the climate is cold and temperature is extremely cool during winter and an occasional occurrence of frost is always welcome in the higher altitude.

The Temminck's tragopan is on the endangered species list. Their habitat is being invaded by humans and their forests are being cut down. These birds are also hunted for their colorful feathers. Efforts are being made to breed these birds in captivity. Identification: The tragopans are horned pheasants with short bills and tail feathers that are shorter than wing length. (info from )


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