Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana

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Jay-sized bird with a long daggerlike bill and a short tail. Dark gray overall with black wings and white undertail coverts.

In flight its white outer tail feathers are noticeable and distinctive. Also note white trailing edge on the secondaries.

Hefty bird of evergreen forests with a long, slightly curved, sharply pointed bill. Gray overall with black wings.

Uses its sharp bill to extract seeds from pine cones.

Gray overall, sometimes with a paler face, and black wings. Note the daggerlike bill.

Found in higher elevation evergreen forests in western North America, especially those with whitebark and limber pine.

Recommended Citation

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/clanut