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WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH - Species Profile

This tiny tree-climbing bird has a bluegray back and white chest and belly. They love to climb down trees headfirst.

HABITAT

The White Breasted Nuthatch is the most common Nuthatch in this area. It lives on the insect-populated trunks and limbs of conifers, moving up and down. Suburban or rural woods or mixture of trees and open space.

NESTING

NESTBOX: 4"x4", 1.5" Hole

The White Breasted Nuthatch is the most likely of the four species to be attracted to a birdhouse.

Nest materials include bark, grasses, roots, and fur. Nuthatches may use your nestbox year round - the White Breasted Nuthatch is a year round resident. Males and females may use separate roost holes during the winter.

FOOD

The Nuthatch eats insects and seeds of conifers. It often stores food in the crevices of rough bark. They can be attracted to eat suet, mixed suet, sunflower seeds, peanuts and peanut butter.

WATER

Provide a water source close to the ground, but away from bushes that can hide predators such as cats. Have small trees close for easy lookouts and preening before and after their bath and water break.

COVER

Small bushes in the grassland provide cover from overhead hawks and other predators. Brushpiles are also handy for many small birds who must take cover from predators.

INTERESTING TIDBITS

Nuthatches hop along tree trunks and branches searching for food. The frequently travel in small flocks.

Nuthatches store food in the bard of trees for winter dining, but they also stuff food into the wood around their nestbox for breeding time. The female is fed this food while she in incubating or fed to the developing fledglings. For this reason, consider adding a bark covered “predator guard” to the normal Western Red Cedar nestbox.

A 4x4" Hut houses Nuthatches, as well as the following cavity nesters. Add species-specific predator guards for protection from large predatory birds, snakes, raccoons and other predators of small birds.

  • Eastern Bluebirds
  • Red & White Breasted Nuthatches
  • Wrens - Carolina, House, Bewick's
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Downey Woodpecker

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