Red-breasted Nuthatch
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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.

Monogamous.

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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