While hiking around Swiftcurrent Lake in Many Glacier, we noticed some rustling going on in the bushes.  Praying it wasn’t a bear we spotted this mama hen.

Look close…



With about 6 chicks!IMG_1884 P8040686 P8040697-001 P8040704 P8040713 P8040718


The White-tailed Ptarmigan is a grouse of alpine (above treeline) habitats. It is the smallest grouse in North America (total length 30 to 31 cm, weight 295 to 440 grams), and the only species of grouse with white tail feathers. It possesses cryptic plumage that changes annually from white in winter to grayish-brown in summer. The sexes are similar in body size, shape, and winter plumage.

Breeding season males have a conspicuous necklace of coarsely barred brown and black breast feathers, while female plumage is predominantly brown and black with yellowish barring. Male plumage is generally more brown and gray than in the female. Males possess scarlet eye combs that are especially conspicuous during the breeding season; females have less conspicuous and smaller salmon-colored eye combs. In winter, in addition to the completely white plumage, the legs are heavily feathered to the ends of the toes, creating a snowshoe effect for walking on snow.

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Mama Ptarmigan…



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16 comments on “Ptarmigan…

  1. Very cool. post. Tjis is all new to me. 😉

  2. Margaret says:

    that was a great find adn wonderful shots of this bird. Interesting info as well.

  3. Mick says:

    A great series of photos. The bird really blends in with the grasses.

  4. Oh my gosh…what a fabulous catch through your lens!! Amazing birds, and so elusive, you were really lucky to notice this and then share with such wonderful images!!!

    have a super day from me to you

    Hootin’ Anni @ http://hootin–
    Anni @ I’d Rather B Birdin’

  5. Fantastic shots! They’re well-camouflaged birds!

  6. They are camouflaged well. Great shots!

  7. Oh, they’re so beautiful! Lovely shots!

  8. Boom & Gary says:

    Nice find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  9. Eileen says:

    Wow, cool bird and awesome sighting. Your photos are wonderful.

  10. Carole M. says:

    great closeups; lovely location

  11. kiwiskan says:

    she’s so lovely, and I would certainly rather meet a mother hen than a bear

  12. Pat says:

    Good job spotting this little family. They’re pretty well camouflaged in the tall grass.

  13. Chris Rohrer says:

    Now this is one you don’t see everyday!! Congrats on the pics and sighting. And thanks for sharing the info on this unusual bird….well at least for me:)

  14. Arija says:

    What great camouflage! Glad they made some noise to draw your attention to themselves.

  15. Stewart M says:

    Thats is some great camouflage suit! Nice pictures.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M – Melbourne

  16. tingsgrove says:

    I love these birds, I have only been fortunate to see them once, on our travels west, but maybe again this year

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