13 September, 2009

Rock Ptarmigan

Scientific Name: Lagopus muta

Population Estimate: 8M

Range: Found throughout the year in all treeless Arctic regions around the world.

Field Notes: Mottled dark and white in the summer, all white in the winter. Males with red marking above eyes. Some Rock Ptarmigans will have black eyestripe in winter. Willow Ptarmigan is slightly larger, found at lower and more lush altitudes, and haa more reddish tones.

Personal Notes: Only fowl indigenous to Iceland. The bird above was one of the highlights on our Skaftafell hike.

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