Clark’s Nutcracker Photo Gallery
To see a Clark's Nutcrackers in the wild, take a hike along a trail running through the west's subalpine forests. Often hikers will hear their long grating call well before spotting them.
What does the Clark’s Nutcracker look like?
Clark's Nutcrackers are large songbirds. They have short tails, rounded heads and long straight sharp black bills, legs, feet and eyes. They have light gray bodies with black on the wings.
Clark’s Nutcracker Habitat
Clark’s Nutcracker Facts
Clark's Nutcrackers are songbirds of the west's subalpine forests. They rely almost exclusively on pine seeds as a source of food. They have incredible memories and each year hide thousands of seeds for later consumption during winter. Their dagger-like bills make extracting the pine seeds quite easy. They also have a pouch under their tongues that is used to store seeds while they travel far distances. Male Clark's Nutcrackers also play a role in caring for young. They will incubate eggs when females are collecting seeds. This behavior is abnormal in the Jay/Crow family. They are named after Captain William Clark who first collected one 1805.