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Eurasian nuthatch

Sitta europaea


The Eurasian nuthatch is a short-tailed bird with a long bill, blue-grey upper parts and a black eye-stripe. This one is a little bit rough looking. There are more than 20 subspecies in three main groups; birds in the west of the range have orange-buff underparts and a white throat, those in Russia have whitish underparts, and those in the Far East have a similar appearance to European birds, but lack the white throat.




The Eurasian nuthatch eats mainly insects, particularly caterpillars and beetles, although in autumn and winter its diet is supplemented with nuts and seeds. The young are fed mainly on insects, with some seeds, food items mainly being found on tree trunks and large branches. The nuthatch can forage when descending trees head first, as well as when climbing. It readily visits bird tables, eating fatty man-made food items as well as seeds. It is an inveterate hoarder, storing food year-round. Its main natural predator is the Eurasian sparrowhawk.

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1 Comment

Tiz 4 years ago

Thank you very much Mr Mac :)

MacChristiansen 4 years ago

Nice series Tiz

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Västmanlands län, Sweden

Lat: 59.98, Long: 16.45

Spotted on Jul 2, 2014
Submitted on Aug 21, 2014

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