Rock Ptarmigan

Silhouette Game BirdsGame Birds

Rock Ptarmigan

Lagopus muta
  • ORDER: Galliformes
  • FAMILY: Phasianidae
Basic Description

A true bird of the tundra, the Rock Ptarmigan changes its coloring between seasons to blend in with its surroundings. It is pure white in the snow-covered winter, but mottled dark and white when the snows melt.

More ID Info
image of range map for Rock PtarmiganRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps
Other Names
  • Lagópodo Alpino (Spanish)
  • Lagopède alpin (French)
  • Cool Facts

Looking for ID Help?

Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds.

Try Merlin Bird ID