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    Rock Ptarmigan

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    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.

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    Other Names
    • Lagópodo Alpino (Spanish)
    • Lagopède alpin (French)
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