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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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The trees fell behind us, opening up to a wide valley and prime ptarmigan country directly beyond: steep mountainsides we would nickname Mordor.
Thus, ptarmigan and mountain hares automatically change their plumage and pelage respectively because they dwell at higher altitudes.
The three species of ptarmigan are mostly known to inhabit Alaska and Canada, where residents can often walk out the backdoor and come home with a limit.
Key words: Aleutian Islands, Attu Island, Evermann's Rock Ptarmigan, Lagopus muta evermanni, population densities
Suitable for young readers, the text for Grandmother Ptarmigan has been kept fairly simple, as it is part of the Inhabit Junior series, which is an initiative to help promote early childhood literacy in Nunavut.
Grandmother Ptarmigan" is a tender retelling of a traditional Inuit tale about a little ptarmigan who couldn't go to sleep.
The Japanese rock ptarmigan Lagopus muta japonica breeds in alpine zones in central Honshu Island, Japan.
Just days after some of the warmest October temperatures in years, Cairngorm mountain guide Kathy Grindrod had her shovel out to clear snow to allow tourists to get to the Ptarmigan restaurant and viewing platform, 3600ft up the slopes.
My guide cracked up when I said, "Let's turn this into an Alaskan ptarmigan hunt
The scientists studying rock ptarmigan on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard discovered a large difference in the running capabilities between the sexes, with the larger males able to run more efficiently and up to 50 percent faster than females.