Nuthatch

Description

Key information

The nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill and short legs.

It breeds throughout England and Wales and has recently began to breed in southern Scotland. It is a resident, with birds seldom travelling far from the woods where they hatch.

 

What they eat:

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

Measurements:

Length:
14 cm
Wingspan:
22.5-27 cm
Weight:
20-25 g

Population:

UK breeding:
220,000 territories

Identifying features:

Feather colour: Black Blue Brown Cream/buff Grey Orange White
Leg colour: Brown Pink
Beak: Black Medium length Powerful Medium thickness
Natural habitats: Woodland Urban and suburban

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