Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) of western North America
Spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) of Eurasia
Large-spotted Nutcracker (Nucifraga multipunctata) of Kashmir
and their closest relatives are the ground-jays (Podoces) of Asia and the choughs (Pyrrhocorax) of Eurasia. In all three of thee genera the bill is rather long and slightly decurved.
On a recent brief visit to Banff National Park, Alberta Canada, I took a few minutes to get to know this magnificent denizen of montane coniferous forests a little better. The first photo shows a nutcracker in their habitat
And the second photo gives a closer look but still offers a typical view of one perched near the trunk of a conifer.
I finish with two portraits. First a vertical composition, showing the underparts and the undertail, and which I think captures some of the bird's personality:
And finally an upper body portrait to show off their simple elegance and beauty: