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Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Our winter visitors the red-breasted nuthatches at back for the season.  As soon as the weather starts getting cold, I will usually see my first red-breasted nuthatch.

What the Bird Looks Like

Red-breasted nuthatches are around 4-1/2 inches long and are a blue-grey colored bird with a black-capped head with white stripes above their eyes. Their breasted is a rusty nutmeg colored.  Females have a tad of a blue hue to the cap on their head.

Difference Between Male and Female Red-Breasted Nuthatch


Nuthatches are cavity nesters that do a very unique thing to protect their nesting areas from predators.  They take resin from surrounding pine and fir trees and paste it around the entrance to their nest to prevent ants and rodents from entering the cavity of their home in trees.

• Females lay 4-7 speckled brown eggs.
• It takes about 12 days for the eggs to hatch.
• The young stay in the nest for about 20 days.

Red Breasted Nuthatch Sitting on Tree Limb

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What the Red-Breasted Nuthatch Eats

• Insects
• Sunflower seeds (striped & black oil)
• Seeds of evergreen trees
• Suet ( nut and peanut butter flavors)

Supplies for Red Breasted Nuthatch on Amazon:

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Red Breasted Nuthatch Eating From Tube Feeder

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Best Feeders
• Tube feeder
• Platform feeder
• Hopper type feeder
• Suet cages

Feeders on Amazon:

Tube Feeder Platform Feeder
Hopper Feeder Suet Feeder

All About the Red-Breasted Nuthatch - What the bird eats, the type of feeder it eats from and what they look like.

They are Caching Birds

Nuthatches love to grab seeds and then go and place them in cavities of trees, behind the bark of trees and in every nook and cranny they can and save them for times they are low on food sources.

Red Breasted Nuthatch Caching Seeds

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Telling the Red and White Nuthatches Apart

The red-breasted nuthatch looks similar to the white-breasted nuthatch with a few distinguishing characteristics.  The red-breasted nuthatch will have a black cap on its head, a black eyeline and a rusty breast.

The Nuthatch - Male from Female

Try Your Hand at Feeding Them

One of our favorite things to do during the winter is to try our hand, literally at feeding nuthatches and chickadees.  We have had good success during previous winters.

Oh, wait. We have another friend.

Looking forward to spending some time with my winter friends.

Some Additional Birds You Can Get To Know
Northern Cardinal
Pileated Woodpecker
Red Eyed Vireo


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