Le Cassenoix d'Amérique (Nucifraga columbiana), est un passereau de la famille des Corvidae, plus petit que le casse-noix moucheté (N. caryocatactes) eurasiatique. Son plumage est gris cendre sauf ses ailes (noires et blanches). Il vit dans les régions de l'ouest de l'Amérique du Nord, depuis la Colombie britannique jusqu'à la Basse-Californie et le Nouveau-Mexique. Son habitat est celui des forêts de pins de haute altitude (900-3900 mètres). Il se nourrit des graines de pin. (Wikipedia)
In 2006, I have taken some pics of that beautiful bird near Lake Louise in Alberta. It's the Clark's Nutcracker. It took me a long time before knowing what was it's species. After some searches on the web, I finally found it in my "North American Birds Guide".
The Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana), is a large passerine bird, in the family Corvidae. It is slightly smaller than its Eurasian relative Spotted Nutcracker (N. caryocatactes). It is ashy-grey all over except for the black-and-white wings and central tail feathers (the outer ones are white). The bill, legs and feet are also black. It can be seen in western North America from British Columbia and western Alberta in the north to Baja California and western New Mexico in the south. There is also a small isolated population on the peak of Cerro Potosí, elevation 3,700 metres (12,200 ft), in Nuevo León, northeast Mexico. It is mainly found in mountains at altitudes of 900–3,900 metres (3,000–12,900 ft) in pine forest. Outside the breeding season, it may wander extensively to lower altitudes and also further east as far as Illinois (and exceptionally, Pennsylvania), particularly following any cone crop failure in its normal areas. (Wikipedia)
A beautiful adult bird near the Fairmont Lake Louise Hotel.
Les plus jeunes ont les plumes plus gonflées!
Youngters are fluffier!
Hé! Pourquoi tu me regardes comme ça???? Tu veux ma photo?
Hey! Why are you looking at me like that??? You want my portrait?