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Ptarmigan (Alpine subspecies)
Lagopus mutus helveticus

Map of the common names


Description
Size and plumage colour as L. m. pyrenaicus. The subspecies occurs on meadows of high mountainous areas, around snow line, utilizing gravelly slopes. The diet consists of berries, leaf buds and insects. Resident.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
This subspecies is endemic of the Alps and is mainly threatened by overhunting and human disturbance during breeding season.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
12,000 / 26,000 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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