Nuthatch


Nuthatch

Best seen in mature woods and established parklands in central and southern England and Wales. Occasional sightings in Scotland.


Identification

Adult
Plump bird about the size of a blue tit, but resmbling a small woodpecker. With a blue grey upper body and a white throat; chestnut on its side and under tail.It has a black stripe on its head.
Size
13.5 - 14.5cms
Bill
Black, short & thin dagger like
Legs
Buff medium in length
Habitat
Woods, hedges, heaths, gardens
Behaviour
Climbs, takes off & lands from vegetation
Flocking
1 - 2
Flight
Strong & powerful, direct
Voice
High pitched chwit - chwit, and repeated kee-kee-kee

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Tree hole, plastered mud
Eggs
6 -9; white spotted reddish
Incubation Period
14 - 18 days
Broods
1; April - May
Food
Seeds, nuts, insects
UK Breeding Pairs
20,000

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