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.

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 and When to Spot

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


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

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 135mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 200

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6

    Focal Length 300mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 800

  • Parc Angrignon

    Sunday, April 17, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 800

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 215mm
    Shutter Speed 1/200s
    Aperture f6.5
    ISO 80