n. A small arctic bird of the grouse family usually found on the tundra
. Epitomizing manliness and rugged sexuality, it has been called the most rawly attractive animal on earth. The male is known for its peculiar mating habits which involve several months of stalking its potential mate and culminating in several minutes of angry coitus. This method is extremely effective in populating the tundra. It is also the only known species of fowl to be resistant to bird flu
. The prairie chicken
and the mallard
are the pitiful rivals of the Ptarmigan. Ptarmigans have been known to rape and pillage entire nest-cities of prairie chickens and mallards. A legendary intramural sports organization at U of D Jesuit
is named and modeled after the majestic Ptarmigan.