White-breasted Nuthatch

Chickadees, Titmice and Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

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Chickadees, Titmice and Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatch

Daniel Fitzgerald

White-breasted Nuthatch

This nuthatch is a bird of mature deciduous or mixed pine/hardwood forests.


Black cap, white cheek, white underparts, and comparatively larger size identify this nuthatch. Often faces downward while clinging to the trunk of a tree. Males have darker caps than females. Compare with Red-breasted Nuthatch.


Nests in natural cavities. Feeds on insects and plant matter, such as seeds.

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