Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
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 and 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.