This is the most commonly seen Nuthatch. During the summer we will see comparatively little of the White-breasted Nuthatch who, with equal ease, climbs either down or up a tree trunk, but in the winter he will be a constant patron of the nuts and suet on our lunch counters. Habit, markings, his unmistakable yank-yank, all distinguish the White-breasted Nuthatch from our other birds, except his Canadian cousin, the Red-breasted Nuthatch, to which, he bears only a family resemblance.
Like other nuthatches, the White-breasted Nuthatch has a strong bill for plucking insect from the bark. And, the White-breasted Nuthatch also is commonly seen climbing down trees headfirst.
The White-breasted Nuthatch has a black crown, white cheeks, and a white breast.
The female White-breasted Nuthatch head cap is more gray, slate or blueish.
Population and distribution.
The White-breasted Nuthatch nests from Gulf States to Canada; a permanent resident. The Florida White-breasted Nuthatch is a slightly smaller form in which the female as well as the male has the crown black, is the race inhabiting Florida, the Atlantic coast to South Carolina and the Gulf coast to Mississippi.
In April, 5-7 white, brown speckled eggs are laid in a hole in a tree, lined with feathers, etc.
The White-breasted Nuthatch will eat sunflower seeds, other seeds, suet, and insect from feeders.