White-breasted Nuthatch

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 August 2010
Scientific Name
Sitta carolinensis
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. carolinensis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
5.75 inches
11 inches
.74 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) brhlík běloprsý
Danish (Dansk) Hvidbrystet Spætmejse
Dutch (Nederlands) Witborst-boomklever
Finnish (Suomi) amerikannakkeli
French (Français) Sittelle à poitrine blanche
German (Deutsch) Carolinakleiber
Italian (Italiano) Picchio muratore pettobianco
Japanese (日本語) ムナジロゴジュウガラ (kaojirogojuukara)
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitbrystspettmeis
Polish (Polski) kowalik karolinski
Russian (русский язык) Белогрудый поползень
Spanish (Español) Trepador Pechiblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Vitbröstad nötväcka
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