Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Taxobox
name = Red-breasted Nuthatch
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1



regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Passeriformes
familia = Sittidae
genus = "Sitta"
species = "S. canadensis"
binomial = "Sitta canadensis"
binomial_authority = Linnaeus, 1766
The Red-breasted Nuthatch, "Sitta canadensis", is a small songbird.

Adults have blue-grey upperparts with reddish underparts; they have a white face with a black stripe through the eyes, a white throat, a straight grey bill and a black crown. This bird is smaller than the White-breasted Nuthatch.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous forests across Canada, Alaska and the northeastern and western United States south to Baja California (Mexico)Verify source|date=October 2007 . They excavate a nest in dead wood, often close to the ground. They smear the entrance to their nest with pitch.

These birds are often permanent residents, but they regularly migrate into the southern United States if the food supply fails. This species is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, and one bird successfully overwintered in Great Britain.

They forage on the trunk and large branches of trees, often descending head first, sometimes catching insects in flight. They mainly eat insects and seeds, especially from conifers.

The call is like a tin trumpet. It is similar to that of the White-breasted Nuthatch, but higher in pitch.

References

* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

External links

* [http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/especie.phtml?idEspecie=7449 Red-breasted Nuthatch videos] on the Internet Bird Collection
* [http://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/songbird-pictures.html Additional Pictures of Red-breasted Nuthatch]
* [http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/Song/h7280so.mp3 MP3 audio file of a the Red-breasted Nuthatch's song]


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