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White-tailed PtarmiganPosted: August 24, 2012
By Larry Halverson/Friends of Kootenay
This master of disguise is all but invisible as its mottled plumage blends in with the surrounding rocks. The bird itself seems well aware of the efficacy of its camouflage for it is reluctant to flush when approached, as seen in this video of a ptarmigan taken on Mount Kindersley in Kootenay National Park. In fact people have nearly stepped on ptarmigan without seeing them.
Ptarmigan remain in high mountain habitat throughout the year and change their plumage to suite the season. By November the mottled brown garb of summer is replaced by new winter feathers of pure, snowy white.
Above image: White-tailed Ptarmigan a truly alpine bird – Photo by Linnea HalversonTags: Friends of KootenayKootenay National ParkLarry HalversonLinnea HalversonWhite-tailed Ptarmigan
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