Pygmy Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch in lodgepole pine tree during a light snow.
Pygmy Nuthatch in lodgepole pine tree.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 3.5-4.5”
Description: Mostly slate gray on the back and wings, white to cream on the chin, chest and belly, and a brown to gray cap that extends through the eye.
Migratory Status: Year-round residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Prefer ponderosa pine forests but also live in aspen forests to 9,000 feet.
Diet: Eat seeds and insects that they glean from the trunk, branches and needle tips of pine trees.

Last updated: June 20, 2018

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