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White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis


A stocky, tree-clinging bird. It has a stocky body, a small tail, and a powerful beak that it uses to forage for food in the trees' bark -- and often climbs down the tree head first It is quick in its motions and flight.


These birds are found throughout Canada and the States, even northern Mexico. This one was spotted in Sunnybrook Park in Toronto.


It is very similar to the Red-breasted Nuthatch. But not only are the latter's feathers more reddish, it also has a black stripe across its eye.


AshleyT 8 years ago

No problem! It's hard to know the difference when you haven't seen what they both look like. Glad to help!

alina 8 years ago

Ashley -- you are completely right, that is a really good way to tell them apart. I was focusing so much on the belly that I didn't even notice. Thank you.

alina 8 years ago

Thank you all! I will make the change. I was misled by the reddish feathers.

AshleyT 8 years ago

Hunter is right, this is a white-breasted nuthatch. Red-brested nuthatches have a black eye stripe.

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 8 years ago

This is actually a White-Breasted Nuthatch!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jan 12, 2013
Submitted on Jan 14, 2013

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