Nuthatch - UK Birds
UK Bird Sightings - Nuthatch - Birds of Great Britain - Uk.

The nuthatches are very acrobatic. They are the only birds to be able to descend tree trunks head first. They area pretty bird - smaller than a sparrow although more stocky. Nuthatches have a blue - grey back with chestnut flanks.

The nuthatch lives in woodland, parks and gardens, and sometimes visit bird tables. Mostly the nuthatch spends its time in trees - particularly liking oak trees
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Bird Overview - Nuthatch
Nuthatches (Sittidae)
Latin name
Sitta europaea


Similar Species
Rock Nuthatch
Nuthatches have large heads, short tails, and powerful bills and feet. Nuthatches advertise their territory using loud songs. Most species of nuthatches have grey or bluish upperparts and a black eye stripe.

Nuthatches have a blue-grey back, with chestnut flanks. They have a short tail, a black eye-stripe and a long pointed bill.

There are two distinct colour forms: the northern european subspecies has a white underside, and birds elsewhere have a buff underside. They are plump birds that look a bit like small woodpeckers.

The nuthatches have a striking black eye stripe, blue grey upperparts and orange buff underparts and chestnut on their undeflanks.

The females are paler than the males and juveniles look similar to the females except much duller.If you see a pair of birds together you might be able to make out the extra reddish brown markings down the flanks of the male bird, just under the wing

Length: 14cm, Wingspan: 22.5-27cm, Weight: 20-25g. Nuthatches are smaller than a sparrow but more stocky.
The nuthatch lives in woodland, parks and gardens, and sometimes visit bird tables. Mostly the nuthatch spends its time in trees - particularly liking oak trees. It can often be seen foraging around tree trunks and branches hunting for larvae and insects. When at bird feeders this bird will dominate the other birds
Insects and nuts and seeds, which they hammer into trees and split open with their sharp beak.
Nuthatches have a loud ringing ‘tuit, tuit, tuit-tuit’ call, as well as a loud rattling ‘pee, pee, pee’ trill.
Breeding season is April to May. Nuthatches nest in holes in trees, often plastering up the hole with mud if it is too large. They lay 6-9 eggs, which are incubated for 14-15 days. The chicks fledge after 23-25 days. The nuthatch will hiss at any predators who near the nest. Most juveniles settle within 10km of where they were hatched.

Misc. Info
Unlike woodpeckers and tree creepers, nuthatches descend tree trunks headfirst.. The nuthatch lives for up to 11 years. They have strong legs with long claws which help them grip as they travel up and down trees. They are also hoarders, hiding secret stashes of nuts for use in leaner times. The nuthatch used to be known as the nuthatch, a name derived from the bird's habit of wedging a nut in a crevice of a tree and hacking at it with its strong bill.

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