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Rock Ptarmigan

Lagopus muta ORDER: GALLIFORMES FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

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.

Calls

  • Calls
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Guttural growls, clucks, and rattles.

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