Nature Journal
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Straight gray bill
- Black crown and eyeline with white supercilium
- White lower face and throat
- Blue-gray upperparts
- Reddish underparts
- Short tail
- Sexes similar but female duller
- Feeds by hopping along tree trunks and branches
  often hanging upside down
- Most often found in pine trees

Similar species
Because of its unique feeding strategy, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is most likely to confused with other nuthatches. White-breasted Nuthatch lacks a black eyeline and has mostly white underparts.

Brown-headed and Pygmy Nuthatches have brown caps, white patches on the nape and lack the eyelines.
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