Brown-headed Nuthatch
Sitta pusilla

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Field Marks

  • Brown crown
  • White patch on nape
  • White lower face, throat and underparts
  • Blue-gray upperparts
  • Short tail


Brown-headed Nuthatches favor open stands of pine, mixed pine-hardwood forests, and edges of pine woodlands. They often nest in clearings scattered with dead or decaying trees, along forest edges.


Brown-headed Nuthatches are common, permanent residents in the Atlanta metro area.


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