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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genus:Nucifraga
Genus species:Nucifraga columbiana

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28 cm
Identification:Clark's nutcracker is pale gray with white around its bill base and undertail coverts. The wings are black with a white patch on the secondaries. The tail of the nutcracker is black with white outer feathers.
Habitat:High mountains, woodlands
Diet:Omnivore: seeds, nuts, berries, insects, snails, eggs, young birds, carrion
Reproduction:Breeding takes place in late winter. Nests are built in coniferous trees, into which the female will lay 2-4 eggs. Both parents incubate the eggs for 16-18 days, as well as feed the chicks after hatching. The chicks leave the nest when they are 18-21 days old.
Behavior:Clark's nutcrackers are well known for their ability to store and then find pine seeds to eat in the winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A single bird may store more than 30,000 seeds in one season. The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1805 discovered this bird.

Other Information

Geographic:Western North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:perching birds
Clark's nutcracker
Corvidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata