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White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis

A common acrobatic bird able to walk head down along tree trunks. Slightly larger and more common than its cousin the Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Common Names

  • White-breasted Nuthatch (en)
  • Trepador pechiblanco (es)
  • Sittelle à poitrine blanche (fr)
  • Carolinakleiber (de)

Taxonomy

  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta carolinensis

Where & When to Spot

The species is quite common and it can be observed all year long in parks around Montreal.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 6 0 3 3
Park Mont-Royal 1 0 0 3
Park Pointe aux Prairies 3 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

The belly of this Nuthatch species is completely white, different than to Red-breasted Nuthatch. The black stripe from beak over the head back to the neck is the second criteria. Different to woodpeckers, the bird is able to walk head down on tree trunks and on the bottom of branches.

Photos

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

A last glance at the photographer before taking off

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2022-04-15

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 160mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f/6.3; Iso 900;

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted nuthatch, head down on a pole checking the surroundings before approaching the feeder

Park Mont-Royal - 2022-02-26

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Z TC-2.0x; Focal Length 400mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f/11; Iso 2000;

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-12-11

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 135mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Curious fellow checking out if I brought him something.

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-10-30

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-04-17

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Easy to identify as the only species I see around Mont-Royal which are capable or love to land on vertical surfaces.

Park Mont-Royal - 2014-03-02

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 215mm; Exposure 1/200; Aperture f6.5; Iso 80;

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