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A female willow ptarmigan ruffles its feathers along the Savage River near the Savage Canyon Trail in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Ptarmigan have feather covered feet to help protect from frozen ground. Its plumage is seasonal. During the winter their feathers turn to white to help camouflage the bird against predators.
- © 2010 John L. Dengler
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Alaska America DENA Denali National Park Denali National Park & Preserve Department of the Interior Lagopus lagopus NPS National Park Service North America Savage Canyon Trail Savage River Savage River Canyon Trail Savage River Trail U.S. US USA United States United States of America animal animals aves avian backcountry zone 25 bird birds fauna fowl-like birds gallinacean gallinaceous bird horizontal nature outdoors pristine protected land ptarmigan travel travel destination wilderness wildlife willow ptarmigan