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Brown-headed Nuthatch

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About the Brown-headed Nuthatch

Also known as: Grey-headed Nuthatch

The Brown-headed Nuthatch is a small species of nuthatch that lives in the southeastern United States and a small area of Grand Bahama. They live in pine forests and can often be found by listening for their cute dog-toy-like squeaky call.

Brown-headed Nuthatches are small, about the same size as the Pygmy Nuthatches. Brown-headed Nuthatches are smart and are one of the few bird species to use tools in their feeding behavior. They have been seen using loose pieces of bark to pry or move tree bark in their search for a tasty meal.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 November 2012
Scientific Name Sitta pusilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. pusilla
Birdorable Family Nuthatches & Wrens
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.9 to 4.3 inches
6.3 to 7.1 inches
.4 ounces
Range North America Caribbean United States (East)

International Names

  • 褐头䴓 (Chinese)
  • brhlík hnědohlavý (Czech)
  • Brunhættet Spætmejse (Danish)
  • Bruinkopboomklever (Dutch)
  • ruskopäänakkeli (Finnish)
  • Sittelle à tête brune (French)
  • Braunkopfkleiber (German)
  • Picchio muratore capobruno (Italian)
  • チャガシラヒメゴジュウガラ [chagashirahimegojuukara] (Japanese)
  • Brunhettespettmeis (Norwegian)
  • kowalik malutki (Polish)
  • Буроголовый поползень (Russian)
  • Trepador Cabecipardo (Spanish)
  • Brunhuvad nötväcka (Swedish)