Resident Songbirds: White-breasted Nuthatch

Photo of White-breasted Nuthatch

The upside-down foraging habits and easily recognized nasal calls of the White-breasted Nuthatch (White-nut, for short) allow even beginning birders to quickly gain familiarity with this species.

Head on, these compact songbirds appear mostly white with accents of black and blue-gray, but from the rear another color is evident (see Quiz #94: Bird). The only other New England nuthatch is the smaller Red-breasted Nuthatch (Red-nut, for short), who has a predominantly rufous underside and a bold black eye-line. To learn more about White-nuts, visit All About Birds.

Photo of White-breasted Nuthatch

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