Alaska State Bird - Willow Ptarmigan
Alaska State Bird

Willow Ptarmigan

The Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) serves as the state bird of Alaska, embodying the resilience and adaptability of wildlife in the northern wilderness. With its striking plumage, this medium-sized grouse species undergoes a remarkable seasonal transformation, transitioning from mottled brown and white feathers during the summer to pristine white plumage in winter, allowing it to blend seamlessly with Alaska's snowy landscapes. This remarkable bird thrives in the challenging Arctic environment, with its distinctive feathered feet, adapted for traversing snow and tundra. The Willow Ptarmigan represents both Alaska's natural beauty and the remarkable capacity of its wildlife to thrive in the harshest of conditions, making it a fitting symbol for the state.

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