Cole’s Bird of the Month: The White-breasted Nuthatch

The White-breasted Nuthatch is Cole’s December Bird of the Month. It’s a bird you’re likely to see at your feeder. It usually has black, gray, and white markings. The White-breasted Nuthatch is active and agile as it competes for food, including seeds and insects. In the winter, about 70% of the White-breasted Nuthatch’s diet is seeds. It will save and stock up on sunflower seeds in particular. During the summer, its diet is mostly insects.

You may wonder how this little bird got its name. It’s called a nuthatch because of its habit of pushing large nuts and acorns into tree bark. It hits the nuts with its bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside.

This little bird has a big voice, and you’re likely to hear them before you see them. They make a loud and distinctive nasal sound.

You can find the White-breasted Nuthatch across most of North America. It makes its home in tree holes, and that’s where this stocky little bird builds its nest. You can spot them easily –  not just for their distinctive markings, but also from their ability to run head first down trees while searching for insects.

The White-breasted Nuthatch is among the most monogamous of birds. The males have a ritual they follow during courtship. The male bows to the female and spreads his tail while drooping his wings and rocking back and forth. Who could resist? Once the couple bonds, the male feeds her occasionally and establishes territory with her. They build their nests in tree holes. And, while she incubates the eggs, he offers her food. Once the young are hatched, both male and female feed and take care of the little ones. The two are bonded and stay together until death.

Cole’s selected the White-breasted Nuthatch after a nomination from Facebook fans Bob and Debbie Truex. Please tell us about your favorite birds and nominate one for our Bird of the Month.

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