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White-breasted Nuthatch

Scientific name: Sitta carolinensis

The White-breasted Nuthatch is common in forests and at bird feeders across much of North America. White-breasted Nuthatch pairs live on their territories year-round, and begin courtship in late winter. Natural cavities and old woodpecker holes are favored over nest boxes.

Because nest sites are often difficult to reach, little is known about the nesting ecology of White-breasted Nuthatches. Sometime after fledging, young birds leave the territory of their parents and set up their own territories. The oldest known nuthatch was over nine years old.