Clark's Nutcracker

Scientific name: Nucifraga columbiana

When William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition found and recorded the Clark’s Nutcracker for science, he mistakenly thought it was a woodpecker. It is actually a relative of crows and jays. Male Clark’s Nutcrackers develop incubation patches and assist the female with incubation.

The Clark’s Nutcracker has a special pouch in its mouth that enables it to carry a larger number of seeds than it would be able to carry in its bill alone. Birds have been recorded as carrying over 100 seeds at a time.