Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes

Spotted Nutcracker
Spotted Nutcracker
The Spotted Nutcracker is native to much of Eurasia from Western Europe through to the Far East.
Spotted Nutcracker in flight
Spotted Nutcracker flying
Spotted Nutcracker in flight
It inhabits (often high altitude) coniferous forests, eating pine nuts and other nuts/seeds and, like its relatives the jays, storing nuts in the ground for winter (aiding propagation). Photos of birds in flight by Alexandra Makhnina.