Red-breasted Nuthatch (male and female)

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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No. 45 Red-breasted Nuthatch Length 4 1/2 inches This smaller relative of the White - breasted Nuthatch, although closely resembling the latter, has certain distinguishing characteristics which render it easy of identification. Its smaller size is the first noteworthy difference. There are also the black stripe across the face and the reddish-brown of the breast. Careful observers, however, may readily identify this species by its note alone. While the call of the White-breast is a muffled hank hank, that of the Red breast is pitched in a higher key and has an even more muffled, nasal twang. The Red-breasted Nuthatch often comes in scattered companies, while the White-breast is usually more solitary in its habits. It is especially fond of coniferous trees, and often sends down siftings of bark which are dislodged during its search for food. The nest is usually in a hole of a stump or tree, and is composed of grasses and feathers. There are from four to seven white eggs, thickly speckled with brown. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Stittidae. Scientific Name: Sitta canadensis. Range: Breeds from northern United States across the continent northward. Winters south to the Gulf. No. 45 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies. 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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