2021 Audubon Alaska Bird of the Year

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan can adapt their appearance to each season so well that they are perfectly camouflaged throughout the year. In the winter, they are as white as snow and wear feathery boots that keep them warm and help them get around easily—just like snowshoes. In the summer months they are a lottled brown that allows tehm blend in with the thickets of dwarf willow on teh Arctic tundra. 


They are the official Alaska state bird and can be found in many areas throughout the state. They play a vital role within their ecosystem and are an important food source in many local Indigenous communities.  


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