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White-breasted Nuthatch

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

Artist's Description

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.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 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.

Artwork Comments

  • Larry Trupp
  • Kimberly Chadwick
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  • Kimberly Chadwick
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