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Willow Ptarmigan

Lagopus lagopus

The Willow Ptarmigan is non migratory. In winter, they attain all white plumage and tough out the cold arctic weather. Called “Willow Grouse” in Europe, this bird is found in arctic or subarctic areas in North America and Eurasia.

There is a village in Alaska called “Chicken”. The founders wanted to call it Ptarmigan, after this bird, but none of the founders knew how to spell it. So they named the town after the closest thing they could think of.

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