The Red-Breasted Nuthatch has an unusual ability - it can climb down trees headfirst and it can move across branches clinging to the underside of the branches!
During their courtship, the male Red-Breasted Nuthatch brings food to the female Red-Breasted Nuthatch and serenades her with many songs. When the male and female mate, they will stay together and even build their nest together.
Appearance of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch
The male and female Red-Breasted Nuthatch both have a gray back and red underneath, although females tend to be a paler shade of red. Males have black on the top of their heads, while the females have bluish-gray.
A smaller nuthatch, the Red-Breasted Nuthatch reaches 4 inches in length and weighs only 1/4 to 1/2 an ounce.
Geography of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch
The Red-Breasted Nuthatch can be found throughout Canada and the United States, though when food is scarce, they may reach the Gulf Coast or even parts of northern Mexico in search of food.
Local Environments of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch
The Red-Breasted Nuthatch prefers to live in pine and coniferous forests where there are an abundance of insects, spiders and other arthropods, though it will live in suburban areas if there are enough of those types of trees in the area.
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