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Red-breasted Nuthatch -
(Sitta canadensis)



  • Small songbird
  • Grey body, pale rusty below
  • Head black and white
  • Top of head black on male, grey on female
  • White stripe above eye and white
         throat black eyeline
  • 4.5" (11 cm.)


  • Coniferous forests, residential areas

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant and summer
         resident in northern WI
  • Fairly common winter resident
  • Occasionally found on the Reserve
         in summer
  • Winter sightings in southern WI
  • More numerous when there is a shortage
         of cones in the northern forests
  • Call is a nasal "hank-hank"

Comparable Species

  • White-breasted Nuthatch

Red Breasted Nuthatch posing on a branch

Red-breasted Nuthatch on a branch 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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