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White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

White-breasted Nuthatch
copyright Oliver Niehuis
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
Distinctive with its ability to walk head first down tree trunks and undersides of branches, the White-breasted Nuthatch is more frequently found in broad-leafed forests and at lower elevations than other smaller species of nuthatches. It feeds on insects and spiders gleaned from bark, but during the winter it also savors nuts, acorns and seeds. A regular participant in mixed species feeding flocks, this species is one of the most obvious members. The nest is in a small tree cavity or abandoned woodpecker hole. The four-digit banding code is WBNU.
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Female
copyright Herbert Clarke

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Male
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

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Male
Buzzing (sound type)
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Male
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