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Alternative name: Spotted Nutcracker
32 - 34cm. A distinctive, medium-sized corvid:
The subspecies differ in density and size of white spots and size of the bill.
Large-spotted Nutcracker was formerly inclued in this species. The subspecies hemispila is sometimes considered to belong to Large-spotted Nutcracker too.
Eight subspecies accepted, more have been proposed:
Subspecies yunnanensis is not recognised by all authorities.
Taiga conifer forests and mixed conifer and birch forest. Occurs from lowlands up to 4000m in Nepal.
Usually seen in pairs or family parties and has little fear of humans.
They eat seeds from pine and spruce trees as well as hazel nuts. Their diet also includes birds eggs,nestlings and insects including bee and wasp grubs.
Stores large quantities of nuts in his winter territory. Caches them often at the base of a tree, behind moss on rocks, crevices in a tree bark or simply on the ground near a rock or a small sapling. As it forgets some of it this bird plays an important role in the dispersal of several tree species.
The nest is usually built at or near the top of a conifer. They lay 2-4 eggs which are incubated for 18 days. Both adults feed the young which are usually fledged by about 23 days.
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