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Willow Ptarmigan  --(Lagopus lagopus) (25773 bytes)

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Willow Ptarmigan
Lagopus lagopus

I am pretty confident that this is a willow ptarmigan. It has black on its tail feathers, so that rules out the white-tailed ptarmigan. It could be a rock ptarmigan, but the bill looks fairly stout and the habitat seems more typical of the willow ptarmigan.

Location: Starrigavan Ridge near Sitka, Alaska

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