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White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

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


Aves > Passeriformes > Sittidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishWhite-breasted Nuthatch
FrenchSittelle à poitrine blanche
SpanishTrepador pechiblanco

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.

Boisé Des Douze 1 0 0 0
Jardin Botanique de Montréal 1 0 0 2
Parc Angrignon 9 1 3 7
Parc Bernard-Landry 2 0 1 0
Parc Mont-Royal 0 0 0 2
Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies 6 0 0 1
Parc de la Frayère 1 0 0 0
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Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

Photos of White-breasted Nuthatch

Last updated on 2023-06-27. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.