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White-tailed Ptarmigan

Lagopus leucura ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The smallest grouse in North America, the White-tailed Ptarmigan inhabits alpine regions from Alaska to New Mexico. It has numerous adaptations to its severe habitat, including feathered toes, highly cryptic plumage, and an energy-conserving daily regime.

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Calls

Clucks at various rates. In breeding season, males issue clucks, chatters, and loud cries in flight and on the ground.

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