Nuthatch (Sitta europaea )


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What Does the Nut hatch look like ?

Short tailed and stocky with woodpecker like bill, Upper parts blue-grey , lower parts orange -buff. , with a black eye stripe running through the eye , moves unlike the woodpeckers, edown tree trunks headfirst as easily as in other directions. The nuthatch is a plump- bird with a pointed bill and a short, square tail. It has a slate-grey back, chestnut flanks, a buff breast and bold black eye-stripes. It is like a small woodpecker, but,

Nuthatches are agile and and can easily hop upwards on a tree trunk too, picking out insects on their way. Widespread and fairly common in England and Wales, but absent from Scotland and Ireland.


How Big Is The Nuthatch ?#

Aprox 14 cm, weighing 23 g

What does it eat ?

Bark dwelling insects

Where its Habit ?

Mature deciduous woods, especially large oakwoods, wooded parks and gardens.
Wintering The same as breeding habitats.

When does it Breed ?

April to June , 6 - 8 eggs, Incubation 13 - 15 days , young fledging at 22 to 25 days, Nests in tree holes which if a large seals up with mud so it can just about enter .

Where to see it

Best looked for in mature woods and established parkland in central and southern England and Wales, on the sides of tree trunks and underside of branches. Occasional sightings in Scotland.

What does it eat?

Insects, hazel nuts, acorns, beechmast and other nuts and seed.

What does it sound like?

Its call is a loud ringing ‘tuit, tuit, tuit-tuit’. Also a loud rattling ‘pee, pee, pee’ trill.

When to see it

All year round.