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Eurasian Nuthatch

(Sitta europaea)
Alternate name(s): "Wood Nuthatch"
German name(s): "Kleiber", "Spechtmeise"

Size: 12-14.5 cm; wing span 22.5-27 cm
Weight: 19-30 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Nuthatch at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "caesia"


Lateral view of a Eurasian Nuthatch hunting for insects in its characteristic way, head-down, in the rough bark of an oak tree
[Kueser Plateau, Bernkastel-Kues, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, August 2014]

View from above on to the back of a Eurasian Nuthatch (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Near Dahn, Pfalz, Germany, January 2016]


The name of Eurasian Nuthatches derives from the birds' habit of wedging nuts into crevices and then cracking them.

Food, Diet

Eurasian Nuthatches feed mainly on insects, with a preference for caterpillars and beetles. In autumn this diet can be augmented by nuts and seeds.

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