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.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • botanical-garden

    Sunday, February 17, 2019

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 320

  • park-pierre-horace-boivin

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 28800


Sitta canadensis