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White-tailed Ptarmigan

Lagopus leucura (Richardson, 1831)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Andrew Spencer 2013-07-07 Trail Ridge Road, Larimer Co., Colorado, Larimer (United States) (3700 m) call, display, song -

various call types and song from the male of a pair of birds on a shallow talus slope surrounded by dry alpine tundra. All these calls given on the ground from very close range.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

141891
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Davyd Betchkal 2013-05-19 Mount Lee, Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna (United States) (865 m) call -

A male issues a ground challenge to another individual - screams interspersed with clucking.

Habitat was a ridgetop of heather, lingonberry, forget me not, false hellebore, ferns - bounded on one side by a highly aerated stream and grassy alder slopes and on the other side by talus.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

152517
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Julia Wittmann 2018-08-09 Mushroom Rock, Rocky Mountains NP, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (3700 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

438516
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura peninsularis Logan McLeod 2017-06-02 Yukon, Unorganized, Yukon, Yukon Territory, Yukon (Canada) (1700 m) call -

Filtered for wind.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

432522
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Frank Lambert 2015-04-26 Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado, Clear Creek (United States) (3700 m) male, song -

Same bird as XC363152

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

363153
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Jelmer Poelstra 2012-07-22 Mount Fremont Trail, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, Pierce (United States) (? m) call (A) -   107920
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Charlie Wright 22-09-2009 Mount Fremont Trail, Sunrise, Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, Washington (United States) (2180 m) calls (A) - hen calling in response to playback 39094
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Andrew Spencer 2013-07-07 Trail Ridge Road, Larimer Co., Colorado, Larimer (United States) (3700 m) call, display, song -

flight scream and calls from the male of a pair of birds. The loud scream given at the beginning and the end of the cuts given in horizontal flight, with fluttering sounds from the wings as the birds came within 0.3m of my parabola (perhaps looking to land on it and used it as a raised perch?). The quieter calls in the middle given as it landed on a medium sized boulder, and then the screams at the end as it flew back to where it started.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

141892
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Frank Lambert 2015-04-26 Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado, Clear Creek (United States) (3700 m) male, song -

Same bird as XC363152, XC363153, XC363154

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

363155
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Frank Lambert 2015-04-26 Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado, Clear Creek (United States) (3700 m) male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

363152
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Logan McLeod 2018-06-07 Yukon, Unorganized, Yukon, Yukon Territory, Yukon (Canada) (1700 m) call, song -

Likely the same individual as: XC431762

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

431763
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Logan McLeod 2018-06-07 Yukon, Unorganized, Yukon, Yukon Territory, Yukon (Canada) (1700 m) call, song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

431762
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Andrew Spencer 2013-07-07 Trail Ridge Road, Larimer Co., Colorado, Larimer (United States) (3700 m) call, display, song -

flight scream and calls from the male of a pair of birds. Note especially the hissy whooshing sound at 0:04.6, which was audible only from extremely close range and even then only a few times.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

141894
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura rainierensis Niels Krabbe 2018-08-20 Washington: Mt Rainier NP: Sunrise: between Frozen Lake and 1st Burrough, Pierce (United States) (2200 m) calls female and chicks -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

433227
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura leucura Richard E. Webster 2014-06-21 Morfee Mountain, near Mackenzie, British Columbia, Fraser-Fort George (Canada) (1500 m) call -

7th recording of this individual (a male); this is the response of White-tailed, already present because of playback of White-tailed, to a recording of Willow Ptarmigan

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

192803
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Frank Lambert 2015-04-26 Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado, Clear Creek (United States) (3700 m) male, song -

Same bird as XC363152, XC363153, XC363154, XC363155

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

363157
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura leucura Richard E. Webster 2014-06-21 Morfee Mountain, near Mackenzie, British Columbia, Fraser-Fort George (Canada) (1500 m) call -

6th recording of this individual (a male); this is the response of White-tailed, already present because of playback of White-tailed, to a recording of Willow Ptarmigan

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

192805
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Davyd Betchkal 2013-06-28 Fang Mountain, Denali (United States) (1500 m) call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

147335
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura altipetens Frank Lambert 2015-04-26 Loveland Pass, Summit County, Colorado, Clear Creek (United States) (3700 m) male, song -

Same bird as XC363152, XC363153

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

363154
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Julia Wittmann 2018-08-09 Mushroom Rock, Rocky Mountains NP, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (3700 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

438515
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Davyd Betchkal 2013-05-18 Mount Lee, Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna (United States) (850 m) call, ground challenge -

Male ground challenge call.

Habitat was a ridgetop of heather, lingonberry, forget me not, false hellebore, ferns - bounded on one side by a highly aerated stream and grassy alder slopes and on the other side by talus.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

243974
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Davyd Betchkal 2012-05-24 Upper Yentna Glacier, Alaska, Denali (United States) (1575 m) call -

screeching and clucking calls. on glacial moraine.

110506
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura leucura Richard E. Webster 2014-06-21 Morfee Mountain, near Mackenzie, British Columbia, Fraser-Fort George (Canada) (1500 m) call -

4th recording of this individual, all of which were in response to playback; soft clucks as the bird sat there wondering what was going on, plus a few churrs

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

192800
xeno-canto.org
White-tailed Ptarmigan - Lagopus leucura Davyd Betchkal 2012-05-21 Fourth-of-July Creek, Denali National Preserve, Alaska, Matanuska-Susitna (United States) (637.19 m) call (B) - Recording (not its ID) has been discussed. See the forum. 105298
xeno-canto.org
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