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Red-breasted Nuthatch
(Sitta canadensis)

Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Red-breasted Nuthatch Information

Length: 4.5"

Coniferous forests, preferring habitat that includes spruce, fir, or cedar. Also found in mixed coniferous/deciduous woodlands.

Winter habitat is the same for resident population.

Birds that move southward may also frequent deciduous woods, orchards, parks, and suburban areas.
Diet: During breeding season, mostly bark insects and spiders and their larvae, especially beetles. Nestlings are also fed insects. In the winter, seeds of coniferous trees and sedges.
Red-breasted Nuthatch ID TipsIdentification tips for the Red-breasted Nuthatch
Songs and calls of Red-breasted Nuthatch
Preferred Bird Feeder Food

Red-breasted Nuthatches are attracted to feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, peanuts (whole or hulled), and suet. They especially enjoy suet containing peanut butter.

These birds will come to tube feeders, hoppers, platform feeders and suet cages.
Range Maps:
R-Breasted Nuthatch Breeding Map R-Breasted Nuthatch Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional Information:

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Photos, video, description, biology, range, habitat, threats, and conservation. (From Wildscreen Archive)

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