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The Willow Ptarmigan
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The willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) was adopted as Alaska's official bird in 1955.

A Popular Symbol

A popular symbol of the North, the rock ptarmigan is the official bird of Nunavut, Canada, and three Japanese prefectures: Gifu, Nagano and Toyama. Alaska’s state bird is the willow ptarmigan, while Newfoundland embraces both ptarmigan species as its official game bird.
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