Remember to check out the rock ptarmigan in chickaDEE‘s December issue. This bird is built for winter!
Photo: Jan Frode Haugseth/Creative Commons
Here’s why we love the rock ptarmigan:
It’s feet are fantastic. The ptarmigan’s big claws help it walk on snow without sinking, just like snowshoes.
It matches the snow. During the summer months, this bird’s feathers are mostly brown. But in the winter, the ptarmigan turns bright white. You’d be lucky to even spot it in a pile of snow!
It’s smart. During freezing weather, this bird makes its own shelter. The feathered friend plunges into snowpile, then digs it out with its claws to make a cozy, safe hangout.
It has a funny nickname. Some North Americans call this bird a snow chicken!
There’s is a lot more to learn about this bird, so flip to page 14 in the December issue to get the full scoop.
Until next time,
Assistant Editor of chickaDEE