Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Brown-Headed Nuthatch

This image of a Brown-Headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) was captured at a feeder in May of 2006 near Russellville, Arkansas. The group of 4 of them included my first sighting of this bird and they were much smaller than I had anticipated

The National Geographic Complete Birds of North America indicate that the year round range map of this bird just reaches this area from the south.

As far as identification the sexes are identical, it is a small bird and maybe 4 inches in wingspan. It is known for using tools for foraging and commonly visits birdfeeders and is fairly common.

The Brown-Headed Nuthatch has a brown crown and given the right angle of view has a white stripe on its nape.

It is a tiny bird and easily distinguished from the other nuthatches and sparrow.

According to the National Geographic the population declining throughout its range.

It is a charming and beautiful bird to add to your life list and observe at the feeder.