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White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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.

5 Comments

AshleyT
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
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
alina 8 years ago

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

AshleyT
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!

alina
Spotted by
alina

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

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