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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
WILLOW PTARMIGANS IN PULJU

Two male Willow Ptarmigan birds in winter plumage. This beautiful bird, with the scientific name Lagopus Lagopus (which name consist of the Greek words “lagos = hare” and “pus = leg”, meaning the bird with the hare like legs ..?) is classifieds to the pheasant family. It is a sedentary species, dwelling and breeding in birch and other forests, in moorlands of northern Europe and in the tundra of Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska and northern Canada.

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Date Taken: 05.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: LAPPI - PULJU, Finland
Copyright: © Karolos Trivizas