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Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
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Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)

General Description: Pygmy Nuthatches (Sitta pygmaea) are small birds with a dark, blue-gray back, a white front, a gray cap, and a black eyeline that blends with the gray cap. The bill is long, straight, and heavy for such a small bird, with a slight upturned appearance at the tip. Sometimes a white spot on the back of the head (nape) can be seen.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Sittidae, Sittinae.

Favored Habitat: Forests.

Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)

Where to Find: Higher elevation areas from the Pinyon-Juniper zone up to treeline. The canyon above Willow Springs at Red Rock Canyon NCA has lots of pinyon pines, and most areas up on Mt. Charleston have trees.

Comments: Nuthatches forage on tree trunks and branches, walking up, down, and around looking for bugs behind flakes of bark.

Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) If you were a tasty little bug, this might be the last face you ever see!
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch in typical foraging position
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch don't often forage on the ground
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Note white spot on the back of the head (nape)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch don't often forage on the ground
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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