In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- The biologist and writer Julian Huxley, grandson of Darwin's great friend and supporter Thomas Henry Huxley, thought that the white plumage of the male ptarmigan might distract a predator away from the female.
- Willow ptarmigan, rock ptarmigan and spruce grouse are a few of the ground-dwelling birds.
- In winter, the ptarmigan is covered by a pure white mass of feathers which blend seamlessly with snow.
- Most game birds are also galliforms, including grouse, partridges, pheasants, quails, ptarmigans, and wild turkeys.
- In ‘Savings in a Snowbank’, Peter Marchand notes that ptarmigans and grouse often take refuge under a blanket of snow on cold nights, having ‘caught on to a trick no others use.’
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