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Brown-headed Nuthatch

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta
Species: pusilla

La. passer  sparrow, small bird
La. forma  form, kind, species
Gr. sitte  woodpecker like bird
      mentioned by Aristotle
La. pusillus  very small, tiny

Four inches or a little longer, smallest of the eastern nuthatches. Brown crown, gray back and wings. White throat, cheeks, underparts, and small nape patch. Black, gray, and off white tail feathers

Brown-headed Nuthatch, Robert Bruce Horsfall, Birds of North Carolina, 1919

Robert Bruce Horsfall  

Inhabits mixed and coniferous forests from New Jersey and the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, south to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

USGS Brown-headed Nuthatch Map

Builds nests of grass, feathers, pine seed "wings" and other soft foliage, usually in pine trees from a hole in a stump to extreme heights, in natural or abandoned cavities, or in cavities they excavate themselves.

Lays four to six, more or less, tiny speckled eggs that hatch after about two weeks of incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Brown-headed Nuthatches feed (in groups after the rearing season) on insects, spiders, their larva and eggs in tree bark and on pinecone seeds.

The Brown-headed Nuthatch Brown-headed Nuthatch Birdhouse (same as for Pygmy Nuthatch) has a 4" by 4" floor, 9" inside ceiling, 1 1/8" diameter entrance hole located 7" above the floor, ventilation openings and hinged roof. Assemble with screws.

Chickadees, titmice, and other nuthatches may use this box.

Nestbox for Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pigmy Nuthatches, Brown-headed Nuthatches and Siberian Chickadees
Nuthatch Nest Box Plans
Mount this nest box in a wooded area, on a pine tree trunk or large limb from a few feet for easy inspection and maintenance to out of reach if necessary. Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

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