Tree Clinging

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis
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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.

Female | Herbert Clarke

Male | Oliver Niehuis

Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: July 19, 2024
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