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.

Reminded me another inspiration from AK that color change through the seasons isn't just in trees.

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.

Male willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) perches in the branch of a willow tree in spring, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Alaska State Bird -Willow Ptarmigan Summer Plumage

Alaska: Willow Ptarmigan The State Bird, turns white in the winter

Willow Ptarmigan, Denali National Park, Alaska  (Lagapus lagopus)

Wildlife in Alaska - Willow Ptarmigan Photos, Denali National Park, Alaska

Willow ptarmigan nearly white for winter - click to see all state birds

Alaska State Bird -Willow Ptarmigan - molting & nearly white for winter (grouse family)

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

What beautiful camouflage! The Alaska state bird, the willow ptarmigan, blending in! During winter, the plumage of both sexes becomes completely white, except for some black feathers in the tail. Photograph by Anthony Madden

Lagopus lagopus - pardwa mszarna - Willow Grouse/Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Grouse a. Willow Ptarmigan, Lagopus lagopus, Summer Plummage - Denali National Park, Nome, Alaska USA *State Bird of Alaska

Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus Lagopus), Alaska State Bird in Winter Plumage, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA Photographic Print by Patrick Endres

Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus Lagopus), Alaska State Bird in Winter Plumage, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

A Ptarmigan so beautifully camouflaged in the snow! (saw them in summer plumage on a CO mtn pass once)

Willow Ptarmigan - Alaska - Snow Bird

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