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 - Red-breasted Nuthatch
 - Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

Cameron K. Ghalambor and Thomas E. Martin
Version: 2.0 — Published January 1, 1999

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Figure 1. Distribution of the Red-breasted Nuthatch. - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Figure 1. Distribution of the Red-breasted Nuthatch.

This species is resident throughout most of its breeding range, but withdraws from northernmost portions during most winters. Most remaining populations exhibit irruptive movements, typically in alternate years that coincide with a poor crop of conifer seeds on the breeding grounds. During irruptive years individuals may winter outside of the breeding range south of the distribution shown.

Recommended Citation

Ghalambor, C. K. and T. E. Martin (1999). Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.459