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Willow Ptarmigan

Lagopus lagopus


Male summer plumage is rich brown, with pure white underparts. females are a little bit duller. Winter plumage is white with black tails.


Sedentary species, breeding in birch in the tundra of Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska and northern Canada.


Also called Willow Grouse or Red Grouse.

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I am still laughing at Anser anser! I knew that one, but not Nycticorax. Thank you Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Two of my favorites are Anser anser (what's the question?), and Nycticorax nycticorax just because it's fun to say.

ha, ha! I love it as well, Ava!
I enjoyed discovering bison bison, dama dama, gulo gulo, vulpes vulpes or alces alces!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Lovely spotting, and it's a "name's-the-same" organism: Lagopus lagopus -- I love it when that happens.

:) You're welcome Olivier.
As far as making missions global, I believe there's a hold on that but you can always send an email:

Cindy, thank you for your interest to the Taiga mission! In fact, I just noticed I misclassified this spotting to Taiga instead of Tundra. So thanks a lot! Just made the change.
For the range of the missions, I don't know how to create global or larger ranges missions (taiga and arctic tundra are quite large). I will ask the question to the ProjectNoah team. Good catch again!

Thank you, Marta, Alice and Cindy!
I must say I was wake up by these birds yesterday morning. Quite noisy, but so beautiful.

Beautiful! I'd love to join your mission but my Taiga spottings are in AK and is outside the mission range :(

alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Very Nice!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Beautiful bird! Thanks for sharing! :-)

Nunavut, Canada

Spotted on Aug 27, 2013
Submitted on Aug 28, 2013

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