White-tailed Ptarmigan

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White-tailed Ptarmigan

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

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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Other Names
  • Lagópodo Coliblanco (Spanish)
  • Lagopède à queue blanche (French)
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