Red-breasted Nuthatch

About the Red-breasted Nuthatch

The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a small songbird. They have slate-blue upper bodies with reddish bellies. Their white faces are capped in black and they have black stripes over their eyes. Males and females are similarly colored, although females are somewhat duller.

Red-breasted Nuthatches excavate tree cavities for nesting. The cavity is lined with grass and other vegetation by the female prior to egg-laying.

Red-breasted Nuthatches range across the United States and much of Canada. They are residents in the northern part of their range; in the winter they can be found further south.

Red-breasted Nuthatches feed primarily on insects; when those are not available they will eat seeds. They will also visit back yard feeding stations.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 April 2010
Scientific Name
Sitta canadensis
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. canadensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 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
4.3 inches
7.1 to 7.9 inches
.3 to .5 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 红胸䴓
Czech (Cesky) Brhlík Americký
Danish (Dansk) Amerikansk Spætmejse
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwartkopboomklever
Finnish (Suomi) Valkokulmanakkeli
French (Français) Sittelle à poitrine rousse
German (Deutsch) Kanadakleiber
Italian (Italiano) Picchio muratore pettofulvo
Japanese (日本語) ムネアカゴジュウガラ (Muneakagojuukara)
Norwegian (Norsk) Rustspettmeis
Polish (Polski) kowalik czarnoglowy
Russian (русский язык) Поползень черноголовый
Spanish (Español) Trepador Canadiense
Swedish (Svenska) Rödbröstad nötväcka
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