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White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis
Nuthatch family (Sittidae)

Dark crown and nape, white face, gray back, short tail. Creeps headfirst down tree trunks.

Deciduous forest.

Nests in natural cavities in living trees or in old woodpecker holes. Rarely excavates its own cavity. Eggs are white with dark marks. Clutch size – 6 eggs.


Call is a series of low nasal “ank ank” notes.

Name Origin:

The genus name Sitta is from the Greek for “nuthatch.”  The species name carolinensis literally means “of Carolina.”  The common name Nuthatch refers to the bird’s tendency to wedge a large nut into a crevice and hack it into small pieces.

In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident.