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 White-tailed Ptarmigan

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Alternate name
Lagopus leucurus  Scientific name 
Galliformes Order
Phasianidae Family   
Male 32.5cm Female 30cm               Length
Alpine, mountains above timbertine. Habitat
4-8 buff, faintly spotted eggs in a lined scrape. Clutch Eggs
Plant material seeds insects. Winter: willow buds: Food    Diet
The only bird to winter in the northern alpine zone.    Habits
289 World No
Least concern  Status

view photos Photo February 18, 2007 by Judd Patterson all rights reserved

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White-tailed Ptarmigan Clucking calls from family group
(Lagopus leucura altipetens)
Edward R. Manners XC16531
22-06-85, United States (cc)

White-tailed Ptarmigan Clucking sounds from family group
(Lagopus leucura altipetens)
Edward R. Manners XC16532
22-06-85, United States(cc)

White-tailed Ptarmigan calls
(Lagopus leucura altipetens)
Andrew Spencer XC22476
14-08-2008, United States (cc)

White-tailed Ptarmigan calls
(Lagopus leucura altipetens)
Andrew Spencer XC22477
14-08-2008, United States (cc)

We climbed to The Whistlers, Jasper, Alberta. to get this bird, and the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. I saw them both, but was not able to get a decent photo of the latter.

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view photos Photo by healeyboy Nov 08 all rights reserved

view photos Photo July 13, 2007 by Bill Walker all rights reserved

White-tailed Ptarmigan in Rocky Mountain Ntl Park

Visited Colorado in August. Found this bird at about 14,000 ft on Mt Evans, August 15th, 2007ct>

Video by GEMarch all rights reserved

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