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White-Breasted Nuthatch

White-Breasted Nuthatch
The white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) is a small songbird of the nuthatch family which breeds in old-growth woodland across much of temperate North America. Like other nuthatches, the white-breasted nuthatch forages for insects on trunks and branches, and is able to move head-first down trees. Seeds form a substantial part of its winter diet, as do acorns and hickory nuts that were stored by the bird in the fall. The nest is in a hole in a tree, and the breeding pair may smear insects around the entrance as a deterrent to squirrels. Adults and young may be killed by hawks, owls and snakes, and forest clearance may lead to local habitat loss, but this is a common species with no major conservation concerns over most of its range. The breeding habitat of the white-breasted nuthatch is woodland across North America, from southern Canada to northern Florida and southern Mexico. In the eastern part of its range, its preferred habitat is old-growth open deciduous or mixed forest, including orchards, parks, suburban gardens and cemeteries. The white-breasted nuthatch is the only North American nuthatch usually found in deciduous trees. The presence of mature or decaying trees with holes suitable for nesting is essential, and trees such as oak, beech and hickory are favored in the east since they provide edible seeds. The white-breasted nuthatch is monogamous. The white-breasted nuthatch forages along tree trunks and branches in a similar way to woodpeckers and treecreepers, but does not use its tail for additional support, instead progressing in jerky hops using its strong legs and feet. All nuthatches are distinctive when seeking food because they are able to descend tree trunks head-first and can hang upside-down beneath twigs and branches. This nuthatch is omnivorous, eating insects and seeds. It places large food items such as acorns or hickory nuts in crevices in tree trunks, and then hammers them open with its strong beak; surplus seeds are cached under loose bark or crevices of trees. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

Eunice Perkins, Marco, Peter Van Der Houwen, FMW51 and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Fantastic shot!

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2 years ago.
Again a great nuthatch close-up made by you and your magic camera! Thank you for sharing with us. Cheers and greetings from Germany!
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Superb !

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Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great close-up!
2 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Lovely shot!
2 years ago.