White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch climbing down a tree trunk during a light snow.
White-breasted Nuthatch climbing down a tree trunk.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 5-5.75”
Description: Gray-blue back, white face and underparts, and a black to gray crown and nape. The lower belly and under the tail is often chestnut.
Migratory Status: Year-round residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Live in ponderosa pine and other coniferous forests to 9,500 feet.
Diet: Forage by picking at the bark of coniferous trees, and eat mostly insects and seeds.

Last updated: June 20, 2018

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