Conservation status: Green
The ptarmigan is a plump gamebird, slightly larger than a grey partridge. In summer, is a mixture of grey, brown and black above with white bellies and wings. In winter, it becomes totally white except for its tail and eye-patch, which remain black. It breeds in the highest mountains of the Highlands of Scotland on the Arctic like landscape there. Birds are residents, seldom moving far from breeding sites. In severe cold weather, birds may move from the highest ground to the edge of forests.
Where to see them
The only place to see it is on the highest mountains of the highlands of Scotland.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Shoots, leaves, leaf buds, berries and insects.
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