Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Willow Ptarmigan – Alaska's State Bird

Willow ptarmigan congregate in large flocks in willows along the Chandalar Shelf in the Brooks Range. Willow ptarmigan are masters at adaptation, changing plumage each season in order to remain well hidden. In summer they are grey-brown, with dark wavy patterns across their body. In winter, both sexes adopt white plumage for maximum camouflage from predators, as well as for insulation from the bitterly cold temperatures.


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