Red-breasted Nuthatch

Other Names: none

Distribution: throughout temperate North America, with Canadian populations migrating south in the winter.

Description:

Size: 11-12 cm in length with a 18-20 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Males have blue-gray uppersides, pale rust-colored undersides, a black crown with a line through the eye, and white eyebrows. Females are similar in pattern, but are browner overall with a gray crown. The legs and beak are dark gray and the eyes are black.

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bill Shape
all-purpose
thick billed
Eats
nut-pieces
sunflower-seed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
hopping
Markings
eye
streaks
tailstripes
Sounds
buzzing
melodious
Location
ground dwelling
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
fir forest
oakpinewoodland
fields
Forests
Color
brown
gray
rust
Body Shape
tree-clinging
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
nuthatches - sittidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern