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Brown-headed Nuthatch

Sitta pusilla ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: SITTIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

One of the few birds found almost exclusively in the United States, the Brown-headed Nuthatch is restricted to the pine forests of the southeastern states. A small but declining population is also found in the Bahamas.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Small nuthatch; climbs headfirst down tree trunks.
  • Crown dull brown.
  • Underparts whitish.
  • Back, nape, wings, and rump blue gray.

Immature Description

Immature similar to adult, but duller and with more gray and less brown. White neck spot indistinct or absent.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Pygmy Nuthatch has gray-brown cap, white at base of central tail feathers, blacker eyestripe, and a less distinct white nape patch. Ranges do not overlap.
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch larger, has white eyestripe, black or dark gray crown, and is reddish underneath.

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