White-Breasted Nuthatch

Have you seen the white-breasted nuthatch crawling up, down, and around a tree? They are searching for insects, larvae, and seeds hidden in the bark. These birds visit our backyard and feeders often.

Scientific Name: Sitta carolinensis.

Family: Nuthatch.

Length: 5-3/4 inches.

Wingspan: 11 inches.

Distinctive Markings: Males and females look similar, with a short tail, bluish-gray back and wings, black cap and white breast.

Nest: Hair, fur and shredded bark built in natural cavities and birdhouses. Lays five to 10 white eggs with multicolored markings.

Song: Nasal “yank-yank-yank” call.

Habitat: Area with plentiful trees.

Diet: Insects and larvae; pine, fir and maple seeds; mountain ash and juniper berries; oak, beech and hickory nuts.

Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds, unsalted peanuts, birdseed mix and suet.