Muuuh Wildlife Photography

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis

Red-breasted Nuthatch is one of the two Nuthatch species seen around Montreal. Energetic, acrobatic small bird feeding on conifer seeds in winter and insects in summer.

Common Names

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (en)
  • Trepador canadiense (es)
  • Sittelle à poitrine rousse (fr)
  • Kanadakleiber (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta canadensis

Where & When to Spot

In Montreal The Red-breasted Nuthatch is rarer than the White-breasted Nuthatch. The only sighting in Montreal occured in winter in Montreal Botanical Garden.

How to Identify

Two characteristics allow to distinguish this species from them more common White-breasted Nuthatch. First, the Red-breasted Nuthatch belly's is reddish and secondly, the bird has a black stripe from the beak over the eye to the neck. It is an acrobatic bird able to walk head down on tree trunks and on the bottom of branches.


Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Montreal Botanical Garden - 2019-02-17

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

granby - 2017-07-22

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 28800;

For high quality, free available photos visit our profile on Unsplash.