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Nuthatches - the windup toys of the bird world

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Lively as windup toys, nuthatches pirouette on branches and descend headfirst down tree trunks, combing the bark for insects.  Divided into four species, these short-tailed song birds are found almost anywhere in North America where there are trees.

Nuthatches are cavity nesters as some

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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Red-breasted Nuthatch has a call that sounds like a tooting tin horn.

Other nuthatch species include the Brown-headed and Pygmy Nuthatch.

Nuthatches visit feeders for sunflower, suet and peanuts.

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