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- Nuthatches -

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Nuthatches; friends of Chickadees and Titmice

Nuthatches are large headed, short tailed, short legged
tree climbing birds. They are excellent tree climbers. The go
head up or head down using their long claws and powerful feet.

Nuthatches often flock with chicadees or titmice.

They eat insects, larvae or eggs from the bark of trees.
They also feed on grain and nuts.

Flight is somewhat jerky, the wings extend nearly to tip
of the tail.

Nuthatches nest in natural crevices or nest holes abandoned by
woodpeckers or other birds. The nest is lined with bits of bark,
hair, grass, and feathers. They lay 4 to 9 eggs.

Males have shiny black crowns; those of females are dull black or gray.

Nuthatches inhabit all of North America except treeless areas.

Nuthatches belong to the order Passeriformes

Picture White Breasted Nuthatch

Nuthatches include:

Brown Headed Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Red Breasted Nuthatch
White Breasted Nuthatch

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