Clark's Nutcrackers are normally birds of high
elevation forests in the West. Aptly named, they gather and bury many pine
and other seeds for later retrieval. Clark's Nutcrackers generally act
quite tame around humans, bordering on aggressive as they forage for our refuse.
Habitat: Usually found in high elevation
conifer forests of the Rocky Mountains.
Diet: Omnivorous. Feeds heavily on
pine seeds when available, also other seeds and nuts, fruits, berries, insects,
birds, eggs, amphibians, reptiles, and carrion and garbage.
Behavior: Often forages by clambering along the
ground or through the branches of a tree. They use their strong bill
to pry open pine cones for seeds, also using it to dig insects out of wood.
A single bird may store thousands of seeds, for later retrieval during
scarce winter months.
Nesting: March through May
Song: Wide variation of vocalizations, most
commonly a harsh kaaaaaaaaaawwww.
Migration: Complex, poorly understood migrations.
Clark's Nutcracker is normally a bird of the Rocky Mountains. However,
they sometimes move outward from that core in large numbers during the
Similar Species: Gray Jay
Bird Feeders: Will come to feeders for sunflower seeds
Conservation Status: Numbers are generally stable. Has
adapted well to a human presence in some areas.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Clark's Nutcracker"
eNature.com: Clark's Nutcracker
Photo Information: August 9th, 2007 - Yellowstone
National Park, Wyoming - Terry Sohl
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