Guide to Wildlife Identification
1/2 to 15 in. (32 to 38 cm).
up to 2 lb. (1 kg).
Distribution in North America:
There are three kinds of ptarmigan:
- willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus)
- rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus)
- white-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus
- High alpine habitat and tundra areas.
- Calls of “ca-out-ca-out,” “kow-kow-kow,” “do-ack,”
“kerr-ky-kerr” as well as soft clucks and squeals. Nests on the ground
in a scraped-out area lined with grass and leaves.
Be sure to check local regulations for hunting or trapping
information on this species.