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White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Aves > Passeriformes > Sittidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishWhite-breasted Nuthatch
FrenchSittelle à poitrine blanche
SpanishTrepador pechiblanco


A common acrobatic bird able to walk head down along tree trunks. Slightly larger and more common than its cousin the Red-breasted Nuthatch.

How to Identify

The belly of this Nuthatch species is completely white, different than to Red-breasted Nuthatch. The black stripe from beak over the head back to the neck is the second criteria. Different to woodpeckers, the bird is able to walk head down on tree trunks and on the bottom of branches.

Where When to Spot

The species is quite common and it can be observed all year long in parks around Montreal.



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