Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)


Cabot's Tragopan (Tragopan caboti)


French: Tragopan de Cabot German: Cabottragopan Spanish: Tragopán chino

Ceriornis Caboti


, 1857,



One genetic study indicated that present species is most closely related to T. temminckii#R. Recent phylogenetic analyses strongly indicated existence of two reciprocally monophyletic clades (‘‘West group’’ and ‘‘East group’’) which were not consistent with present regional distribution of subspecies#R; further research needed. In original description of race guangxiensis, first author spelled his name Zheng Zuoxin. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. guangxiensis Cheng Tso-hsin & Wu Min-chuan, 1979 – S China (NE Guangxi).
  • T. c. caboti (Gould, 1857) – SE China (Guangdong NE to Zhejiang).
  • Descriptive notes

    Male c. 61 cm (tail c. 21 cm), 1400 g (one bird); female c. 50 cm (tail c. 16 cm), c. 900 g. Male is only Tragopan with buff breast, and is palest overall; has bare... read more


    Advertising call (given only in breeding season, from a large branch) is double-noted, baby-like... read more


    Evergreen deciduous forest and mixed deciduous coniferous forest between 800 m and 2000 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    A recent radio-tracking study found that in winter the species frequents areas rich in nuts of Lithocarpus and Cyclobalanopsis... read more


    Mating system appears to be mix of monogamy and polygamy; male remains with single female during early breeding season, but as incubation... read more


    In Wuyanling Natural Reserve, Zhejiang, SE China, little vertical movement detected: occurs at 800... read more

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Mace Lande: caboti vulnerable; guangxiensis endangered. CITES I. Species has restricted range and occurs in Fujian Mountains Endemic Bird Area.... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cabot's Tragopan (Tragopan caboti). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 December 2019).