2017 Bonanza Bird #2: Clark's Nutcracker

Birdorable Clark's Nutcracker

Our 2017 12-day Birdorable Bonanza continues today with an iconic mountain species of the North American west: Clark's Nutcracker!

Clark's Nutcrackers are in the corvid family, related to crows and jays. They are intelligent and gregarious birds found in western parts of North America, in mountain habitats.

Clark's Nutcrackers feed mostly on the seeds from pine trees. They use their powerful beaks to crack open cones to reach the seeds inside. They eat the seeds fresh, or from their cached supply when fresh seeds are unavailable. They have excellent memories and can find seeds they have stashed in buried caches several months later.

Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) on Upper Terrace Loop Drive
Clark's Nutcracker by Yellowstone National Park
Manning Provincial Park
Clark's Nutcracker by GoToVan

Tomorrow's new bird is a species of gull with a larger range than its name would indicate. Can you guess which bird it is?

Cute Clark's Nutcracker Gifts

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