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TITLE
Ptarmigan on the Cairngorm Plateau
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_PTARMIGAN
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2166
KEYWORDS
ornithology
bird watching
audio

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The ptarmigan is a plump game bird which is resident in the highest slopes of the Scottish Highlands. In very severe weather, the bird may move down to the forest edges. It lives off a diet of shoots, leaves, berries and insects. In summer, the ptarmigan's plumage is grey, brown, and black, above a white belly and wings. In winter, the bird is completely white, apart from its tail and eye-patch.

In this short audio extract, the distinctive, harsh, croaking sounds of the ptarmigan can be heard above the howling gales of the Cairngorm Plateau

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Ptarmigan on the Cairngorm Plateau

1980s; 1990s

ornithology; bird watching; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Bird Watching

The ptarmigan is a plump game bird which is resident in the highest slopes of the Scottish Highlands. In very severe weather, the bird may move down to the forest edges. It lives off a diet of shoots, leaves, berries and insects. In summer, the ptarmigan's plumage is grey, brown, and black, above a white belly and wings. In winter, the bird is completely white, apart from its tail and eye-patch. <br /> <br /> In this short audio extract, the distinctive, harsh, croaking sounds of the ptarmigan can be heard above the howling gales of the Cairngorm Plateau