Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Grouse :: White-tailed Ptarmigan

White-tailed Ptarmigan Lagopus leucura

Described by: Richardson (1831)
Alternate common name(s): Snow Grouse
Old scientific name(s): Lagopus leucurus


Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado, USA - Apr 27, 2003 © Kent Nickell  Colorado, USA - Aug 7, 2005 © Lou Hegedus  Colorado, USA - Aug 7, 2005 © Lou Hegedus  Colorado, USA - Aug 7, 2005 © Lou Hegedus  Colorado, USA - Feb 25, 2006 © Lou Hegedus 
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W. North America;
Fragmented distribution in the Rocky Mountains;
(1) Mountains of c. Alaska from the Kenai Peninsula s. of Anchorage e. to nw. Canada (c. Yukon, se. Mackenzie).
(2) Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and adjacent w. Alberta.
(3) Vancouver Is.
W. United States:
(4) C. and s. Washington (Mt. Rainier, Cascade Range s. to Mt. St. Helens).
(5) Rocky Mountains from se. British Columbia, sw. Alberta s. through Montana, Wyoming, ne. Utah (Uinta Mountains), Colorado (Pike’s Peak) to n. New Mexico (Sangre de Cristo Mountains).
Introduced to the c. Sierra Nevada of California, Oregon, Utah and New Mexico.
North America n. of Mexican border;
Summer and winter: sc. to se. ALK, c. YUK, se. MAC, w. to c. BCO, sw. ALB, nc. WAS, nw. ORG, ex. n. and se. IDH, nw. MON, and nw. WYO. Isolated populations on s. Vancouver Is., BCO, ec. CAL (Sierra Nevada), ne. UTH (Uinta Mountains), c. and sw. COL (Pike's Peak, Loveland Pass), and ex. nc. NMX.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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