whitebreasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5 inches
Straight gray bill
Black crown and nape
White face and underparts
Rusty undertail coverts
Sexes similar but female duller
Feeds by hopping along tree trunks and branches often hanging upside down
Because of its unique feeding strategy, the white-breasted nuthatch is
most likely to confused with other nuthatches. Red-breasted nuthatch
has a black eyeline and reddish underparts. Brown-headed and pygmy
nuthatches have brown caps and a white patch on the nape. Red- breasted,
pygmy and brown-headed nuthatches are mostly found in pines while the
white-breasted prefers deciduous trees.
Migration Status: Permanent resident
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Cavity
Clutch Size: 5-10
Length of Incubation: 12 days
Days to Fledge: 14
Number of Broods: 1?
Diet: Mostly insects; lesser quantities of nuts and seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley