Red-breasted Nuthatch

(Sitta canadensis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Red-breasted Nuthatch

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to uncommon year-round resident in the south; local migrant and breeder in the north; uncommon to occasionally common migrant in the west

Habitat

Breeding: Spruce-fir and pine forests and pine plantations

Migration: Mixed woodlands

Size

4½ in length

8½ wingspan

 

 

  Photo by Bill Reynolds

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Migration

Early April to late May and mid-August to early November


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Sittidae (nuthatches)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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A Red-breasted Nuthatch, though well within their range, it's not a common bird here on the edge of the prairie in NW Pennington County

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  Red-breasted Nuthatch - Excavating Nest
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Published on Apr 12, 2012

A red-breasted nuthatch excavating a nest cavity in a dead spruce tree. © 2011 Garth McElroy.

License at http://www.paya.com/videos/135201

 
     
  Backyard birding: Red-breasted nuthatch
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Published on Mar 7, 2013

The search for food has brought some birds south to Illinois this fall. The red-breasted nuthatch is showing up at backyard feeders in good numbers. For more birding and nature news, visit: www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/birding.

 
     
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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2007

Seen at Dunes State Park.

 
     
  The Red-breasted Nuthatch (60 seconds)
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Uploaded on Mar 9, 2010

Like all nuthatches the Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis has short legs, a flat body, and a large head. Its strong, rather long bill is slightly upturned. The Red-breasted Nuthatch can be distinguished from other nuthatches by a pronounced white eyebrow stripe set off by a black line through the eye, and black on top of the head and neck. The crown is black in the male and dark greyish-blue in the female. The back, wings, and tail are mostly greyish-blue in both male and female. The rusty-coloured underparts that give this species its name are paler in the female. The long and pointed wings when folded extend nearly to the tip of the short tail. The birds overall length is about 11 cm.

 
     
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Bill Reynolds
5/8/2017

Location: Pennington County

A Red-breasted Nuthatch, though well within their range, it's not a common bird here on the edge of the prairie in NW Pennington County

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5/21/2011

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch


Bill Reynolds
3/20/2006

Location: Pennington Co.

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