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White-breasted Nuthatch

White-cheeked Turaco
White-bellied Sea Eagle

About the White-breasted Nuthatch

Also known as: Devil Downhead, Rocky Mountain Nuthatch, San Lucas Nuthatch, San Pedro Nuthatch, Slender-billed Nuthatch, Tree Mouse, Western Nuthatch

The White-breasted Nuthatch is a stocky species of songbird native to temperate parts of North America. They are year-round residents through their range and a common backyard feeding station visitor.

White-breasted Nuthatches have blueish-grey backs with a white face and breast. They sport black caps which forms a frame around the head. They lower belly is chestnut.

White-breasted Nuthatches feed by foraging on tree trunks and branches. They eat both insects and seeds. Like other nuthatch species, they are able to descend tree trunks head-first.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 August 2010
Scientific Name Sitta carolinensis
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. carolinensis
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 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.75 inches
11 inches
.74 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • brhlík běloprsý (Czech)
  • Hvidbrystet Spætmejse (Danish)
  • Witborst-boomklever (Dutch)
  • amerikannakkeli (Finnish)
  • Sittelle à poitrine blanche (French)
  • Carolinakleiber (German)
  • Picchio muratore pettobianco (Italian)
  • ムナジロゴジュウガラ (kaojirogojuukara) (Japanese)
  • Hvitbrystspettmeis (Norwegian)
  • kowalik karolinski (Polish)
  • Белогрудый поползень (Russian)
  • Trepador Pechiblanco (Spanish)
  • Vitbröstad nötväcka (Swedish)