A paper cutout of a photograph of a Clark’s Nutcracker bird placed on the branch of a bare tree in a snowy landscape.
“Clark’s Nutcracker” in winter landscape

Clark’s Nutcracker

  • Scientific: Nucifraga columbiana
  • Spanish: Cascanueces Americano
  • French: Cassenoix d'Amérique
  • Family: Crows, Magpies, Jays
  • Bird Code: CLNU

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Located in evergreen forests in high mountains, especially those with pines that produce the large seeds they favor. Can be found strutting around picnic grounds looking for handouts.


Year-round residents of the western United States.

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Did you know?

The Clark’s Nutcracker hides thousands and thousands of seeds each year. Laboratory studies have shown that the bird has a tremendous memory and can remember where to find most of the seeds it hides.