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Merlin Bird ID

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    White-breasted Nuthatch Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The largest nuthatch, this is still a small bird with a large head and almost no neck. The tail is very short, and the long, narrow bill is straight or slightly upturned.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Red-breasted Nuthatch; smaller than a Tufted Titmouse.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm)
        • Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz (18-30 g)
        • Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 in (20-27 cm)