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Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

Aves > Passeriformes > Sittidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishRed-breasted Nuthatch
FrenchSittelle à poitrine rousse
SpanishTrepador canadiense


Red-breasted Nuthatch is one of the two Nuthatch species seen around Montreal. Energetic, acrobatic small bird feeding on conifer seeds in winter and insects in summer.

How to Identify

Two characteristics allow to distinguish this species from them more common White-breasted Nuthatch. First, the Red-breasted Nuthatch belly's is reddish and secondly, the bird has a black stripe from the beak over the eye to the neck. It is an acrobatic bird able to walk head down on tree trunks and on the bottom of branches.

Where When to Spot

In Montreal The Red-breasted Nuthatch is rarer than the White-breasted Nuthatch. The only sighting in Montreal occured in winter in Montreal Botanical Garden.



2019-02-17Jardin Botanique de Montréal