Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker on a rock
Clark's Nutcracker on a rock along Trail Ridge Road.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 10.5-12”
Description: Pale gray with black wings and tail, and a long beak. In flight, the wings and tail show large white patches.
Migratory Status: Year-round residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Live in spruce-fir and other coniferous forests to 12,000 feet.
Diet: Eat mainly pine seeds but can eat a variety of insects and small mammals. During the summer they cache pine seeds for the winter season.

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


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Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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