ptarmigan

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ptarmigan

(tär`məgən): see grousegrouse,
common name for a game bird of the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. There are about 18 species. Grouse are henlike terrestrial birds, protectively plumaged in shades of red, brown, and gray.
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ptarmigan

[′tar·mə·gən]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of various birds of the genus Lagopus in the family Tetraonidae; during the winter, plumage is white and hairlike feathers cover the feet.

ptarmigan

1. any of several arctic and subarctic grouse of the genus Lagopus, esp L. mutus, which has a white winter plumage
2. a created domestic fancy pigeon with ruffled or curled feathers on the wings and back
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1985: Behavior and social structure in Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus hyperboreus.
Seasonal changes in crop content of the Svalbard Norway ptarmigan Lagopus mutus hyperboreus.
Breeding biology of the Svalbard Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus hyperboreus.
1995: Bestandsentwicklung und Habitatnutzung des Alpenschneehuhns Lagopus mutus im Aletschgebiet Schweizer Alpen.