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Nuthatches

Nuthatch perched on lichen covered branch

Image: Ben Hall

One UK species, with a second in Europe and a few elsewhere. Nuthatches are somewhat woodpecker-like, but more agile, perching up on their feet with bodies and tails held well clear; they can descend head-first and hang upside down beneath twigs and branches. 

The UK species is a woodland bird, always associated with trees or tall bushes. It has the unique habit in the UK of plastering mud around the entrance to its nest hole.

Nuthatch

The nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black str... More...

Nuthatch