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 & Statistics
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.