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Willow Grouse
Lagopus lagopus alascensis in autumn plumage, Lake Clark National Park
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Tetraonidae
Genus: Lagopus
Species: L. lagopus
Binomial name
Lagopus lagopus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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  • L. l. lagopus (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Scandinavian Willow Grouse
  • L. l. scoticus (Latham, 1787)
    Red Grouse
  • L. l. alascensis (Swarth, 1926)
    Alaskan Willow Ptarmigan
  • L. l. variegatus (Salomonsen, 1936)
    Trondheimsfjord Willow Grouse
  • Tetrao lagopus Linnaeus, 1758
Lagopède des saules MHNT
Lagopus lagopus lagopus

The willow grouse (Europe) or Willow Ptarmigan (North America), Lagopus lagopus, is a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family. It is a sedentary species, breeding in birch and other forests and tundra across northern Eurasia, and in Alaska and northern Canada. It is the state bird of Alaska. During the last ice age, the species occurred in continental Europe (Tomek & Bocheński 2005).

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