Willow Ptarmigan Photo Gallery
Savage River Trail in Denali National Park provides a great chance. Otherwise springtime in Alaska is the easiest.
What does the Willow Ptarmigan look like?
Both sexes turn a pure white in the winter except for a black tail and bill. Molting to a reddish brown with a white under carriage occurs in the spring. Male and female Ptarmigans are roughly the same size.
Willow Ptarmigan Habitat
Willow Ptarmigan Facts
The Willow Ptarmigan is the state bird of Alaska. They look similar to the Rock Ptarmigan but are larger. When alarmed it will erupt into flight. Commonly seen in the open tundra and brush areas throughout Alaska. Willow Ptarmigan males are the only male grouse worldwide that takes an active role in the care of young. Pairs remain together until the chicks are on their own.