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White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch is associated with mature oak forest in the East, southern Arizona, and the West coast, but it pine forests in much of the Interior West. Most remain in pairs year round.

Difference in habitats preference, plumage, measurements, and calls among subspecies lead some to suspect they might represent separate species.

Nuthatches are often spotted moving up and down on the trunks and limbs of the tree. They eat both seeds, for which they have earned the name “nuthatch”, and insects.

VOICE Song a nasas, drawn-out series of wi or yeh notes. Calls vary from a clear, nasal yank (eastern nominate subspecies), to a higher beerb (Pacific aculeata), to a rapid series of call notes.


  • They gather nuts and seeds, jam them into tree bark, and hammer or “hatch” the food open with their bills.
    A group of nuthatches are collectively known as a “jar” of nuthatches.
  • They often travel with small mixed flocks in winter. One explanation for these flocks is that the birds gain protection from predators by the vigilance of the other birds.
  • While the Red-breasted, Pygmy, and Brown-headed Nuthatches are mostly found in pines, the White-breasted Nuthatch prefers deciduous trees.


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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp9 months ago

    Nicely perched, loved your documentation Kimberly

  • Thank you Larry, so much. Your comments are important to me.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz479 months ago

    Fine shot of this wee fellow. They have been zooming in to our window feeder a lot in recent (snowy) days, in company with the usual chickadees & tufted titmice. This is a wonderful shot with a wonderful treatment, Kimberly!

  • I bet that is a sight to see! I get a glimpse of them only when I get a chance to creep up to the mountain. Thank you for your praise Sheila, I so appreciate it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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