Nuthatches & Creepers

Pygmy Nuthatch

Look for The pygmy nuthatch is a small songbird with a large, round head and short legs, wings, and tail. Its upperwings and back are a cool bluish-gray, while its underparts are off-white with varying levels of a yellowish-brown wash. It has a distinct grayish-brown cap as well as a black stripe that passes through… Read more

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Look For This tiny nuthatch has a brown cap and gray back with a white spot on the back of its neck and a bill that looks too large for the bird’s size. The brown-headed nuthatch is only 4 ½ inches long. It has a short tail and like other nuthatches, it often travels down… Read more

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch (Photo: Kyle Carlsen)

Look for Nuthatches are universally referred to as “upside-down birds,” because they forage by probing the bark of tree trunks with their heads downward. During their journeys down the trunk of a tree, they often pause, and then raise their head so that it is parallel to the ground—an absolutely unique posture among birds. The… Read more

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Photo: Wikimedia)

Look For The orange (not red) breast and black line through the eye set apart the red-breasted nuthatch from the larger white-breasted. The male has a black cap and bright orange belly; the female has a blue-gray cap and pale orange belly. The red-breasted nuthatch is about 4 ½ inches long. Nuthatches have powerful legs… Read more

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