How to Attract White-Breasted Nuthatch

How to Attract White-Breasted Nuthatch

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: The gravity defying bird, the White-Breasted Nuthatch crawls along trees in all different directions and at all different sorts of angles. This woodland dwelling bird “hatches” nuts and seeds that if finds in the wild (like acorns) or from bird feeders (like sunflower) by placing them against trees and then smashing them with their powerful beak. White-Breasted Nuthatch prefer trees with deeply furrowed bark (as they contain more insects) such as: Hickory and Oak. The White-Breasted Nuthatch is a common bird feeder visitor (especially in winter) and besides sunflower will readily eat peanuts, suet, mealworms, and safflower. A cavity nester, White-Breasted Nuthatch may use a nesting box if it is built to the correct specifications.

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird
  • Black cap on male, gray-black cap on female, white face and underparts, grayish-blue upperparts, very long – distinctive beak

Habitat:

  • Deciduous Forest and Forest Edge
  • Open Woodlands
  • Wooded Backyards

Eating Habits:

  • In Spring-Summer: insects, spiders
  • In Fall-Winter: seeds, nuts
  • Will visit bird feeders

Nesting:

  • Cavity-nester – often in deciduous trees
  • May use nesting box

Top Ways to Attract White-Breasted Nuthatch

Sunflower Seed     Peanuts     Suet     Deciduous Trees     Insect-Friendly Yard

Trees & Shrubs that Attract White-Breasted Nuthatch

Ash (Foraging)     Beech (Nuts)     Birch (Seeds)     Dead Trees (Nesting)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting)     Hickory (Nut)     Oak (Acorn)

Flowers & Vines that Attract White-Breasted Nuthatch

Aster (Seeds)     Black-Eyed Susan (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds)

Attracting White-Breasted Nuthatch with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Hopper     Platform     Suet     Tube

Feed:    Mealworms     Peanuts    Suet     Sunflower Seeds