30 August, 2009

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Scientific Name: Sitta canadensis

Population Estimate: 18M

Range / Habitat: Red-breasted Nuthatches are mainly birds of coniferous woods and mountains. Look for them among spruce, fir, pine, hemlock, larch, and western red cedar as well as around aspens and poplars.
Field Notes: Characteristic nuthatch behavior / perch (climbing down a tree) with long, slightly upcurved bill and dark eye stripe. The Boundary Waters was southernmost area of distribution for summer for this bird as compared to White-Breasted Nuthatch. It is common throughout Minnesota in the winter. It is also much smaller than the White-Breasted Nuthatch. 

White-breasted Nuthatch

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