Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54033

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sittidae
Genus:Sitta
Genus species:Sitta canadensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:11-12 cm
Identification:The red-breasted nuthatch has blue-gray upperparts and pale rusty undersides. The male has a black crown and a line through its eye. The female has a gray crown.
Habitat:Mixed forests
Diet:Omnivore: insects, seeds, spiders
Reproduction:Cavities in rotted trees serve as nesting sites for red-breasted nuthatches. The female incubates her 5-6 eggs for 12 days. Both sexes help care for the chicks. Two to three weeks after hatching, the chicks leave the nest.
Behavior:Red-breasted nuthatches will migrate if food is scarce and may cache food for the winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Red-breasted nuthatches smear sticky tree pitch around their nest cavity's entrance, helping to prevent other animals from entering.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1980-04 Subjects:tree-clinging bird
Red-breasted nuthatch
Nuthatches
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54033