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Willow Ptarmigan

Alaska's state bird, the Willow Ptarmigan is a bird in the grouse subfamily Tetraoninae of the pheasant family Phasianidae. It is also known as the Willow Grouse and in the British Isles, where it was previously believed to be a separate species, as the Red Grouse.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica) is a medium-sized bird of the grouse family which is found in heather moorland in Great Britain and Ireland. It is usually classified as a subspecies of the Willow Ptarmigan but is sometimes considered to be a separate species, Lagopus scotica. It is also known as the moorfowl or moorbird.

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Male Willow Ptarmigan perches in the branch of a willow tree in spring, Denali National Park, Alaska. The willow ptarmigan has a circum-boreal distribution. It is native to Canada and the United States, China, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain.

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Nature camouflaged this Willow Grouse also called Willow Ptarmigan when it is transitioning from summer plumage to winter.

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Can you spot the 'invisible animal'? Incredible images show nature's disappearing act when predators are near

It's white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The animals are trying their utmost to fool predators but that's not enough to deceive international photographer Art Wolfe

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Alaska State Bird-Willow ptarmigan, molting, nearly white for winter. I love these. They are so pretty.

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