In camouflage

Rjúpa – Ptarmigan – Lagopus mutus

The Ptarmigan is in its summer plumage and blends well in with nature in its favourite habitat. This female was busy feeding but plants are its main food source. A few years ago there was concern that their numbers were dropping but now they are on the rise again.

Ptarmigans can now be seen with chicks, often 10 – 12 of them but the eggs can be from 3 up to 13. They breed in the Arctic and are common all over Iceland although the northeast moors are the most densely populated.