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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

General Description: Red-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta canadensis) are small birds with a dark, blue-gray back, red underparts, and a black cap with bold white eyelines. The face and throat are white. The bill is long, straight, and heavy for such a small bird, with a slight upturned appearance at the tip. For such little birds, these guys have a big voice.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Sittidae, Sittinae.

Favored Habitat: Higher-elevation forests.

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Where to Find: Higher elevation areas from about the Yellow-Pine Life Zone up to treeline. Around Las Vegas, look for these birds up on Mt. Charleston and in the Sheep Range. In the fall of 2012, Red-breasted Nuthatches erupted and were found in many unusual places, including throughout southern Nevada

Comments: Nuthatches forage on tree trunks and branches, walking up, down, and around looking for bugs behind flakes of bark. They often forage in large, noisy flocks during summer, and in smaller, mixed flocks during winter.

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) If you were a tasty bug or a little caterpillar, this might be the last face you ever see!
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in a yard tree in Searchlight, NV; Sep. 30, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in a yard tree in Searchlight, NV; Sep. 30, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in a cottonwood tree at Wheeler Camp; Oct 7, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in a cottonwood tree at Wheeler Camp; Oct 7, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in a cottonwood tree at Wheeler Camp; Oct 7, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in a cottonwood tree at Wheeler Camp; Oct 7, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU at drinker in my backyard; Oct 19, 2012 and Dec 22, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU at drinker in my backyard; Oct 19, 2012 and Dec 22, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU at water at Mormon Well Spring, Dec 9, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU at water at Mormon Well Spring, Dec 9, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in Utah serviceberry at Mormon Well Spring, Dec 9, 2012
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
RBNU in Utah serviceberry at Mormon Well Spring, Dec 9, 2012

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 121226

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