White-Breasted Nuthatch

Famous as the "upside down bird," the White-Breasted Nuthatch is equally adept at clambering up, down, or around the trunks and major limbs of trees. When visiting bird feeders it may carry away dozens of seeds, one by one, to hide them in crevices of tree bark.


Michael R. Duncan
White-Breasted Nuthatch
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White-Breasted Nuthatch


White-breasted NuthatchMichael R. Duncan
Michael R. Duncan White-Breasted Nuthatch

Scientific Name: Sitta carolinensis.
Family: Nuthatch.
Length: 5-1/2 inches.
Wingspan: 11 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Short tail, bluish-gray back and wings, black cap and white breast.
Nest: Uses hair, fur and shredded bark to build in a cavity. Lays 5 to 10 white eggs with reddish brown markings.
Voice: Nasal “yank-yank-yank” call.
Habitat: Area with plentiful trees.
Diet: Insects, tree seeds, berries and nuts.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds, peanuts, birdseed mix and suet.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the White-Breasted Nuthatch’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

White-breasted Nuthatch Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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