Willow Ptarmigan

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 27 July 2009
Scientific Name
Lagopus lagopus
  • Galliformes
  • Phasianidae
  • Lagopus
  • L. lagopus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13.8 to 17.3 inches
23.6 to 25.6 inches
15.2 to 28.6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 柳雷鸟
Czech (Cesky) Bělokur Rousný
Danish (Dansk) Dalrype
Dutch (Nederlands) Moerassneeuwhoen
Finnish (Suomi) Riekko
French (Français) Lagopède des Saules
German (Deutsch) Moorschneehuhn
Italian (Italiano) Pernice Bianca Nordica
Japanese (日本語) カラフトライチョウ (Karafutoraichou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Dalrype
Polish (Polski) Pardwa Mszarna
Russian (русский язык) Белая куропатка
Spanish (Español) Lagópodo
Swedish (Svenska) Dalripa
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