Field Guide/Birds/Sitta carolinensis

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Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Description
These birds are permanent residents, sometimes moving south in winter.

They forage on the trunk and large branches of trees, and are well-known for descending head first, a behavior unique to the white-breasted nuthatch. Their principal diet consists of insects and a few varieties of seeds. They often travel with small mixed flocks in winter.