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Pygmy Nuthatch


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About the Pygmy Nuthatch

Also known as: Black-eared Nuthatch, Californian Nuthatch, Nevada Nuthatch, Pigmy Nuthatch

The Pygmy Nuthatch is a small species of nuthatch that lives in western North America. They are found in pine forests. These little cuties are gregarious, often found in groups of up to 100 individuals.

The Pygmy Nuthatch is about the same size as the Brown-headed Nuthatch; they are the smallest species of nuthatch in the world. They are also similar to the Brown-headed in their plumage, but the two species ranges don't overlap and neither bird is migratory.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 23 November 2012
Scientific Name Sitta pygmaea
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. pygmaea
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 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.5 to 4.3 inches
.3 to .4 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West)

International Names

  • 小䴓 (Chinese)
  • brhlík drobný (Czech)
  • Pygmæspætmejse (Danish)
  • Dwergboomklever (Dutch)
  • mäntynakkeli (Finnish)
  • Sittelle pygmée (French)
  • Zwergkleiber (German)
  • Picchio muratore pigmeo (Italian)
  • ヒメゴジュウガラ [himegojuukara] (Japanese)
  • Pygméspettmeis (Norwegian)
  • kowalik maly (Polish)
  • Поползень-крошка (Russian)
  • Trepador Enano (Spanish)
  • Dvärgnötväcka (Swedish)