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Pygmy Nuthatch

Sitta pygmaea

Pygmy Nuthatch
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 4 in. (11 cm)
Small flocks of this noisy and curious nuthatch roam pine forests, often in the company of woodpeckers, chickadees and warblers. In winter the Pygmy Nuthatch often roosts at night in small groups in the same tree cavity. The nest is a tree cavity lined with plant material, hair and feathers. Food consists of insects, spiders and pine cone seeds. The four-digit banding code is PYNU.

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

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