Justification of Red List Category
Although the least threatened of the tragopans, this species is thought to have a small to moderately small population which is subject to hunting over most of its range, as well as suffering from logging and forest loss. It is therefore classified as Near Threatened.
The global population size has been estimated as fewer than 20,000 individuals (Madge and McGowan 2002). It is placed in the band 10,000-19,999 individuals, equating to 6,667-13,333 mature individuals, rounded here to 6,000-15,000 mature individuals.
There are no data on overall population trends, although recent surveys suggest a stable or increasing trend in the Pipar-Santel area of Nepal (Poudyal et al. 2009); however, hunting and habitat degradation are suspected to be causing a slow decline overall.
Tragopan satyra occurs in the Himalayas of Nepal (uncommon), India (uncommon), Bhutan (fairly common) and China (local, with a limited range in south and south-east Tibet) (BirdLife International 2001). Its distribution is now fragmented in the Indian Subcontinent. It is probably most secure in Bhutan, where Buddhist beliefs mean that it is not hunted. Call counts conducted at Pipar and Santel, Nepal, in 2005 suggest that the species has not declined there, with numbers actually higher than in the last surveys in those areas in 1998 and 2001 respectively (Poudyal et al. 2009), although the species is suspected to be in decline overall.
It is resident in moist oak and rhododendron forest with dense undergrowth and bamboo clumps, mixed forest, scrub and densely vegetated ravines, usually between 2,200 m and 4,250 m in the breeding season, sometimes moving down to 1,800 m in winter.
Major threats include excessive hunting - it is occasionally snared by local people for food (Choudhury 2003), as well as habitat clearance and degradation due to timber harvesting, unplanned fires, fuelwood and fodder collection, and livestock grazing (BirdLife International 2001, Poudyal et al. 2009). Some areas, such as the Pipar-Santel area of Nepal, might be opened up for the commercial extraction of medicinal and culinary plants (Poudyal et al. 2009).
Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Mahood, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Tragopan satyra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/01/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/01/2020.