White-breasted Nuthatch

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

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

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Carolinakleiber [de]
White-breasted Nuthatch [en]
Trepador pechiblanco [es]
Sittelle à poitrine blanche [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Sitta carolinensis


white-breasted nuthatch, birds, sitta, sitta carolinensis

Similar Species

Red-breasted Nuthatch