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Ptarmigan by the waterfall Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)<br />
Go&eth;afoss, Iceland. Sep 25, 2019 Fall,Geotagged,Iceland,Lagopus muta,Rock Ptarmigan Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Ptarmigan by the waterfall

Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Goðafoss, Iceland. Sep 25, 2019

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  1. Gasp-worthy bird and photo! Wow! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Christine! Posted one year ago
  2. Gorgeous! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks! Posted one year ago
  3. From today's Facebook post:

    This stunning bird is a Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), a chicken-like, ground-dwelling bird with a circumpolar distribution. These hardy birds are well-adapted to life on the tundra. Rock ptarmigans are seasonally camouflaged: they are white in the winter and mottled brown in the summer. White, winter plumage is not just good for camouflage; it also provides protection against the cold because white feathers have empty cells that are filled with air rather than pigment. These air-filled cells provide extra insulation in the winter. Ptarmigans also have feathered legs and toes, which isn’t merely adorable, but is also practical for walking in the snow. Furthermore, the black smudge around their eyes minimizes the risk of getting snow blindness from the reflection of sunlight on the snow.

    Male rock ptarmigans have a red comb, which has been the focus of many studies on sexual selection. It seems that males with large, robust combs are the most sexually successful. Big combs are positively correlated to high testosterone, aggression, polygamy, and mating success. The combs are an important part of courtship displays, which sound quite entertaining…During courtship, a male circles a female while dragging a wing along the ground. He also fans his tail, raises his comb, and makes snoring vocalizations. What female ptarmigan could resist such a display, especially if the male has a big comb? {Spotted in Iceland by JungleDragon moderator, Thibaud Aronson} #JungleDragon #Ptarmigan #Rockptarmigan #Lagopusmuta #Iceland
    Posted one year ago

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The Rock Ptarmigan is a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family. It is known simply as Ptarmigan in Europe and colloquially as Snow Chicken or Partridge in North America, where it is the official bird for the territory of Nunavut, Canada, and the official game bird for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Similar species: Chicken-like Birds
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Oct 2, 2019. Captured Sep 25, 2019 15:49 in GoĆ°afoss Sightseeing, Iceland.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/8.0
  • 1/790s
  • ISO1250
  • 560mm