Red-breasted Nuthatch

General description.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a tree climbing bird, with a strong woodpecker-like bill perfectly adapted to pluck insects from the bark. Like other Nuthatches, you will see the Red-breasted Nuthatch climbing down the tree headfirst. The Red-breasted Nuthatch never seems quite as familiar as the larger, louder-voiced, White-breasted nuthatch, and if a nuthatch call is heard, you may need to actually see to determine which one it is. The Red-breasted Nuthatch underparts are brownish, with a line through the eye, black in the male, slate in the female. The Red-breasted Nuthatch is smaller than the White-breasted Nuthatch.

Female appearance.

The line through the eye of the female is slate rather than black. Underparts are lighter in some places.

Breeding habits.


Population and distribution.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch nests from northern New England and northern Minnesota into Canada; south along the Alleghanies to North Carolina; winters from southern Canada to the Gulf States.

Nesting habits.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch lays 4-7 white/pink eggs with reddish brown markings.

Buying feeders.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch will eat sunflower and other seeds, insects, and suet from feeders.
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