Have you seen the white-breasted nuthatch crawling down a tree? There's a good reason for this. Learn how to attract the white-breasted nuthatch to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Sitta carolinensis.
- Family: Nuthatch.
- Length: 5-3/4 inches.
- Wingspan: 11 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Males and females look similar, with a short tail, bluish-gray back and wings, black cap and white breast.
- Nest: Hair, fur and shredded bark built in natural cavities and birdhouses. Lays five to 10 white eggs with multicolored markings.
- Song: Nasal "yank-yank-yank" call.
- Habitat: Area with plentiful trees.
- Diet: Insects and larvae; pine, fir and maple seeds; mountain ash and juniper berries; oak, beech and hickory nuts.
- Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds, unsalted peanuts, birdseed mix and suet.
Listen to this bird’s song