White-Breasted Nuthatch

Fast Facts:

  • Common Name:
    White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Scientific Name:
    Sitta carolinensis
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Size: 5 inches long, 7-9 inch wingspan
  • Weight: .5 ounces


White-breasted nuthatches have large heads, but short tails and wings. Their bills and feet are sturdy. Typically, the backs of females feature a black band that’s more narrow than that on the males, as well as lighter gray upperparts. Their caps are gray-to-black and they feature white bands along the three outer tail feathers, which is more easily seen during flight.

Habitat and Migration

Found in much of the United States, white-breasted nuthatches are usually permanent residents of their chosen homes. Some have been known to head south in the colder parts of their range, but there is no known migratory pattern.

Social Behavior

White-breasted nuthatches mate for life and during nesting season, the male brings the female food. Once the eggs hatch, both parents feed their young. Much of their lives are spent hiding seeds to prepare for leaner times, making them big fans of bird feeders.

Des Moines Feed Blends

  • Cardinal
  • Standard
  • Classic
  • Deluxe
  • Attraction
  • Regal
  • Rich & Tweet
  • Fruit & Nut
  • Nyjer & Hearts
  • Outdoor Finch
  • Woodpecker

Visit the Nature Center

Find the right food plots for deer and other wildlife, visit our convenient online store today!

Come See Us