Pygmy Nuthatch

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 23 November 2012
Scientific Name
Sitta pygmaea
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. pygmaea
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 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
3.5 to 4.3 inches
.3 to .4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 小䴓
Czech (Cesky) brhlík drobný
Danish (Dansk) Pygmæspætmejse
Dutch (Nederlands) Dwergboomklever
Finnish (Suomi) mäntynakkeli
French (Français) Sittelle pygmée
German (Deutsch) Zwergkleiber
Italian (Italiano) Picchio muratore pigmeo
Japanese (日本語) ヒメゴジュウガラ [himegojuukara]
Norwegian (Norsk) Pygméspettmeis
Polish (Polski) kowalik maly
Russian (русский язык) Поползень-крошка
Spanish (Español) Trepador Enano
Swedish (Svenska) Dvärgnötväcka
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