Shrub Steppe - Eastern Washington State

White-breasted nuthatch

Eastern Washington

White-breasted nuthatches are relatively common in Eastern Washington's ponderosa pine stands, at lower-elevations on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains and in the Okanogan extending east around Spokane. Nuthatches are named for their method of opening seeds by wedging them in tree bark and hammering like a woodpecker. Compare to pygmy nuthatch and red-breasted nuthatch.

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Related information
White-breasted Nuthatch Identification - USGS
White-breasted Nuthatch - Birds of Washington State

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Birding Washington
Bird Songs of the Okanagan
Birds of Yakima County
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds
Western Birding by Ear: A Guide to Bird Song Identification

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Picture of a white-breasted nuthatch in a ponderosa pine tree
White-breasted nuthatch
foraging in ponderosa pine bark


White-breasted nuthatch or Sitta carolinensis
White-breasted nuthatch or Sitta carolinensis
foraging on ponderosa pine bark


White-breasted nuthatch perching picture
White-breasted nuthatch
perched in a pine tree


White breasted nuthatch walking upside down on a branch
White-breasted nuthatch
hunting black locust

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