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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.


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...