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Ptarmigan (Square Top Mountain).
We ran into this Ptarmigan on our way down from the summit. (Sep.12.2011).

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dhint27Not a Quail on Square Top Mtn

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This is NOT a Quail. This is a Ptarmigan - much bigger than a quail and more related to a partridge. They live here at high altitudes all along the Colorado Rockies. Their feathers turn pure white in winter. Nice photo of the Ptarmiagan, you got lucky to even see one!
Posted Nov 20, 2012 6:42 pm

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Boriss AndeanSubmitted by Boriss Andean
on Sep 18, 2011 9:03 pm

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