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A grey-bellied Tragopan photographed in China
Update:2017-03-17       


    On February 22 , a meeting targets to confirm the grey-bellied Tragopan is held in Chinese Academy of Sciences institute of zoology by a photographing team, themed as “Natural Images of China, Beautiful and Ecological Dehong”. The bird is confirmed by the expert panel as grew-bellied Tragopan which is under first-class state protection. It is the first time that pictures of the endangered bird have been taken in China, generating profound and far-reaching significance.

  Grey-bellied Tragopans are under first-class state protection in China. They are usually found in northwest Yunnan Province and southeast Tibet Autonomous Region in China and in northeast Indian, Bhutan and north Burma. The birds usually inhabit in forests at altitudes between 2,000 and 3,000 meters, especially in laurel forest zone with rich vegetation. In winter, they often hibernate in mountains at altitudes between 1,500 and 2,000 meters. The protection of the endangered bird is of great value. The research on the bird home and abroad remains limited. The photographs taken showcase the admirable ecological environment which is suitable for the survival of the bird. Meanwhile, the photos show that at least one population of the bird is living in the area.

  According to the introduction of Xie Jianguo who is in charge of the photographing program, several infrared cameras were set up in  Dehong, automatically shooting pictures of the passing animals. In the camera appeared three pictures of the adult male which were taken on November 19 last year . As an example of integration of natural image and scientific research, the discovery is of profound significance. Further research on Grey-bellied Tragopanin Dehong and its neighborhood is expected in order to acquire more information on the distribution, living environment and ecological habit of the endangered species.