White-Breasted Nuthatch (male and female)

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No.44 White-breasted Nuthatch Length 6 inches The White-breasted Nuthatch is always associated, in our minds, with autumn days and the leafless winter woods, for during these seasons of the year it is much in evidence. It is then, too, that in company with Chickadees, Downy Woodpeckers and Brown Creepers it comes to the feeding-shelf or the suet-container. This little gleaner of tree-trunks is one of our most useful birds, for it spends its days climbing about the branches and boles of trees, searching in every cranny and crevice for the insects and larvae that go to make up the larger part of its fare. As it clambers about, now head down, now up, its strange movements are accompanied by a muffled hank hank which, taken together with its black cap, bluish-gray back and white breast, leave no doubt as to its identity. The nest is in hollow limbs or holes in trees or stumps, and consists of leaves and feathers. The eggs are five to eight, white or creamy-white, speckled with reddish-brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Sittidae. Scientific name: Sitta carolinensis. Range: Eastern United States, breeding from southern Canada and Newfoundland, south to the Gulf States. No. 44 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States

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