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About the Willow Ptarmigan

Also known as: Willow Grouse, Red Grouse

The Willow Ptarmigan, also known as the Willow Grouse, is a species of grouse that can be found in the forests, moorlands and tundra of Alaska, Canada, Scotland, Scandinavia and Siberia.

The male Willow Ptarmigan in summer has brown plumage above, a black tail, white underparts and wattles above the eyes. The female lacks the wattles and is mottled brown all over. In winter, both sexes become completely white, except for the black tail.

The Willow Ptarmigan is the official state bird of Alaska. The Willow Ptarmigan has a large natural range and a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 July 2009
Scientific Name Lagopus lagopus
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Lagopus
  • L. lagopus
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13.8 to 17.3 inches
23.6 to 25.6 inches
15.2 to 28.6 ounces
Range East Europe North Europe Central Asia East Asia North America

International Names

  • 柳雷鸟 (Chinese)
  • Bělokur Rousný (Czech)
  • Dalrype (Danish)
  • Moerassneeuwhoen (Dutch)
  • Riekko (Finnish)
  • Lagopède des Saules (French)
  • Moorschneehuhn (German)
  • Pernice Bianca Nordica (Italian)
  • カラフトライチョウ (Karafutoraichou) (Japanese)
  • Dalrype (Norwegian)
  • Pardwa Mszarna (Polish)
  • Белая куропатка (Russian)
  • Lagópodo (Spanish)
  • Dalripa (Swedish)

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