Ed Golson Outdoor Education

White Breasted Nuthatch

Scientific Name: Sitta Carrolinensis


Description: The white-breasted nuthatch is 6 inches long making it the largest nuthatch in North America.  These birds are characterized by having black heads and blue/gray wings with black and white stripes.  Female nuthatches have a grayer colored head than the male.  Their beaks are turned upward and their tails are black with a white band.  Habitat:  These birds usually do not migrate .  They live in deciduous woods across North America. 

Feeding:  Many of these birds eat seeds and insects, or at feeders provided by humans.  These birds can be seen walking upside down on the bark of trees and hanging upside down to eat.

Click to hear the nuthatch's call.


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