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Tree Clinging Tree Clinging

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Red-breasted Nuthatch
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 5 in. (11 cm)
Distinctive in its ability to walk down tree trunks head first, the small Red-breasted Nuthatch is readily identified. It occurs in mature coniferous forest and high altitude aspens where it feeds on insects from the bark and, during the winter, on pine cone seeds. Its nest is in a cavity dug out of a rotting branch or stump. The four-digit banding code is RBNU.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

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Male
Buzzing (sound type)
Bird Call
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Male
Buzzing (sound type)
Bird Call

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