The genus Nucifraga contains the Nutcrackers, birds of well-marked form and colour, two of which are found within Indian limits, inhabiting the higher part of the Himalayas where they are resident.
In the Nutcrackers the plumage is more or less spotted with white ; the bill is straight, pointed and about as long as the head; the nasal bristles are short and stiff and completely cover the nostrils; but the tail is short and very little rounded.
Key to Species.
A. Rump and upper tail-coverts not
marked with white N.caryocatacte$hemispila,Tp. 66.
B. Rump and upper tail-coverts
marked with white N. multipunctata, p. 67.
* G. b. rufescens, the Yunnan Jay, is almost sure to occur within the Shan States and may be distinguished by the characters given in the key.