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White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis

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

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.

Where & When to Spot

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

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Park Angrignon - December 11, 2016

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 135mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;
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White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Curious fellow checking out if I brought him something.

Park Angrignon - October 30, 2016

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 800;
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White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Park Angrignon - April 17, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;
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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 - March 02, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215.0 mm; Focal Length 215mm; Exposure 1/200; Aperture f6.5; Iso 80;
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