Brown-headed Nuthatch

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 November 2012
Scientific Name
Sitta pusilla
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. pusilla
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
3.9 to 4.3 inches
6.3 to 7.1 inches
.4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 褐头䴓
Czech (Cesky) brhlík hnědohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Brunhættet Spætmejse
Dutch (Nederlands) Bruinkopboomklever
Finnish (Suomi) ruskopäänakkeli
French (Français) Sittelle à tête brune
German (Deutsch) Braunkopfkleiber
Italian (Italiano) Picchio muratore capobruno
Japanese (日本語) チャガシラヒメゴジュウガラ [chagashirahimegojuukara]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunhettespettmeis
Polish (Polski) kowalik malutki
Russian (русский язык) Буроголовый поползень
Spanish (Español) Trepador Cabecipardo
Swedish (Svenska) Brunhuvad nötväcka
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