Great news: the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Southern Québec is available in bookstores since April 4, 2019.
Please note that the field campaign for the Quebec territory north of latitude 50° 30'N will continue for a few more years, and that we will add information to this website to include information on the northern component of the Atlas. However, you can find basic information on our Northern Quebec page.
The Willow Ptarmigan is usually a bird of Nunavik, living far from the populated areas of southern Québec. However, in some winters, it makes incursions south of its nesting area. When this occurs, it can be observed—sometimes in large numbers—in the Abitibi and Lac-Saint-Jean areas; in the northern part of the Laurentides; and along the Côte-Nord. During fieldwork for the second atlas, this species was only confirmed nesting once in southern Québec. This was in a survey square on the Basse-Côte-Nord, situated a few kilometres from where the species was found during the first atlas. This area contains an open tundra type environment with scattered low shrubs, which is the preferred habitat of this species. The Willow Ptarmigan is almost entirely white in winter, but it dons reddish-brown tones from late spring to mid-autumn (adapted from Gauthier and Aubry 1996).
TOP 10 CONTRIBUTORS
List of participants who contributed the most to data collection. For a complete list, click here.
The Québec Breeding Bird Atlas project is open to birdwatchers of all skill levels, and we strongly encourage you
to get involved. The aim of participants of the Atlas is to find breeding evidence for as many bird species as possible within each 100 km2 survey square.
Black-and-white Warbler photo by Simon Pierre Barrette.