photo by Phil Swanson
L 5 3/4″ (15 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Low, repeated, nasal “yank.” Song is whistled series on one pitch, “whee, whee, whee.”
Description: Sexes similar. Blue-gray above; white below; black crown and nape; all-white face; extent of rust below is variable.
Habitat: Generally found in fairly mature floodplain forests during the breeding season. During the rest of the year it inhabits a wider variety of habitats, and can also be seen at residential birdfeeders.
Where in Nebraska: Common permanent resident in eastern Nebraska. Breeds as far west as the Pine Ridge area and to at least Hall County along the Platte.
Field Notes: These birds are essentially nonmigratory, and will store food during the fall for winter in crevices behind loose tree bark.
Fun Facts: White-breasted Nuthatches creep down tree trunks head first in search of insects and other food.