Rock Ptarmigan, Lagopus mutus


Rock Ptarmigan

This male Rock Ptarmigan still has all-white winter plumage, but it has the red bare patch above the eye of the breeding adult male. The bird shown below still has the all-black bare facial patch of the non-breeding plumage. By contrast to the Willow Ptarmigan, which is found near the stunted willows characteristic of the tree line area, birds of this species nest in barren rocky tundra.


Rock Ptarmigan