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The Silly Willow Ptarmigan
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Some might think this bird is laughing...


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Some bird songs leave us in admiration of their beauty, some with a sense of wonder at their complexity—and others are downright comical. The male Willow Ptarmigan sounds as if he's laughing, or at least doing his best to make others laugh. The Willow Ptarmigan, a stocky northern relative of grouse and chickens, chuckles his way across the tops of Arctic willows. Chuckle along with the Willow Ptarmigan—click Play MP3 below. Learn more about the Willow Ptarmigan at Cornell's AllAboutBirds.

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