(1934) Tragopan blythi molesworthi.
The TIBETAN TRAGOPAN.
Tragopan blythi molesworthi Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C, xxxv, p. 18 (1914) (Tawang Tibet).
Vernacular names. Bop (Tibet).
Description. Differs from the preceding bird in having the whole upper parts much darker, the rufous spots browner and the buff vermiculations narrower and less distinct; the white spots are also smaller; the red of the breast is confined to a narrow gorget below the lappet and the rest of the lower parts are much paler than in T. b. blythi.
Colours of soft parts not recorded.
Measurements. Wing 250 mm.; tail 195 mm.; tarsus 75 mm,; culmen about 19 mm. Female unknown.
Distribution. The type was obtained by Capt. Molesworth on the Tse-la, Tawang, Tibet in the mountains due North of Dibrugarh in Assam. It seems probable that it extends along the mountains between 6,000 and 12,000 feet from Bhutan to the Brahmapootra on the East. The bird obtained by Cran in the Dafla Hills must have been of this race, whilst members of the Mishmi Expedition of 1911-1912 frequently came across a Tragopan which was almost certainly the same.
Nidification. Nothing known.
Habits. Probably much the same as those of the preceding bird. Molesworth obtained the type at 8,000 feet, whilst in the Mishmi Hills it was frequently seen at 9,000 and 10,000 feet. The Abors knew this Tragopan and told me that it came no lower down than 7,000 feet and that Sclater's Monal and the Tragopan lived in the same jungles and kept to the same elevations. Col. J. Chatterton came across them more than once but informed me that they kept to the thickest undergrowth and were very hard to get a glimpse of, though not shy.