Rock Ptarmigan Life History


Habitat TundraOpen tundra, barren and rocky slopes in Arctic and alpine areas; in winter, some movement to thickets and forest edge.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:3-13 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Completely covered with dense down, eyes open. Leave nest within six to 12 hours after the last egg hatches.
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Behavior Ground ForagerBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernRock Ptarmigan are common and widespread. The species rates a 9 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List.Back to top


Montgomerie, Robert and K. Holder. 2008. Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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