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    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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