Willow grouse

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Willow ptarmigan
Lagopus lagopus alascensis in autumn plumage, Lake Clark National Park
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Lagopus
L. lagopus
Binomial name
Lagopus lagopus
Lagopus lagopus lagopus

The willow grouse (Europe) or willow ptarmigan (North America) (Lagopus lagopus) is a medium-to-large (15–17 inches) gamebird in the grouse family, from the Arctic. It is a sedentary species, breeding in birch and other forests and tundra across northern Eurasia, and in Alaska and northern Canada. Feathers are brown in summer, changing to white in winter. It is the state bird of Alaska. During the last ice age, the species occurred in continental Europe (Tomek & Bocheński 2005).

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Lagopus lagopus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22679460A89520690. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22679460A89520690.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.