Baking: White-tailed Ptarmigan



Lagopus leucura

Length: 11-12 Weight: 0.5-1 lbs


In summer, male is grayish-brown with black speckling on chest and a white belly, female is barred brown. In winter, both sexes completely white. Tail white, and wings white.



Resident of northwestern North America from Alaska to Idaho, and some populations in Colorado mountains.

Cool Facts:

The White-tailed Ptarmigan is a cold weather bird, and may be seen bathing in snow if temperatures rise higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The White-tailed Ptarmigan is the smallest of the ptarmigans, and its range reaches the farthest south.

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