Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla Scientific name definitions

Gary L. Slater, John D. Lloyd, James H. Withgott, and Kimberly G. Smith
Version: 1.1 — Published August 18, 2021

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James H. Withgott is a science writer living in Portland, Oregon. He received a B.A. from Yale University and graduate degrees in biological science from the University of Arkansas and the University of Arizona. Field research for his M.S. project on black rat snakes (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta) and their depredation on bird nests led to an interest in the shortleaf pine forests of Arkansas and their avian inhabitants, including the Brown-headed Nuthatch. E-mail: withgott@comcast.net.

Kimberly G. Smith received a B.Sc. in Biology from Tufts University (1970), a M.Sc. in Zoology from University of Arkansas (1975), a Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology from Utah State University (1981), and did post-doctoral studies at University of California, Berkeley (1980–1981). He was University Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas, where from 1981 to 2018, he worked as a community ecologist with research interest in birds, black bears, and periodical cicadas. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Auk. He passed away in April 2018.

Gary L. Slater is Executive Director and founder of Ecostudies Institute, based in Mount Vernon, Washington. He received a M.S. from the University of Florida, where he studied the breeding biology and habitat selection by Brown-headed Nuthatches. Besides day-to-day administrative duties, some of his current research focuses on the reintroduction and population dynamics of cavity-nesting bird species in southern Florida and Washington State and the wintering and stopover ecology of waterbirds in the Puget Sound. With all of his research, he strives to ensure that results are effectively disseminated and applied to on-the-ground conservation efforts. Current address: Ecostudies Institute, PO Box 703, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Email: glslater@ecoinst.org.

John D. Lloyd is Senior Research Ecologist at Ecostudies Institute. He earned an M.S. from the University of Arizona in 1997 and a Ph. D. from the University of Montana in 2003. Since joining Ecostudies Institute, he has conducted research on the role that fire and hydrology play in shaping bird assemblages of south Florida's pinelands, led an effort to identify wildlife-crossing areas along highways in Oregon, investigated the natural history and conservation of birds in the Bahamas, and studied the distribution, abundance, and habitat requirements of mangrove landbirds. He is currently researching the natural history and conservation of the Mangrove Cuckoo. Current address: Ecostudies Institute, PO Box 106, South Strafford, VT 05070. Email: .

Recommended Citation

Slater, G. L., J. D. Lloyd, J. H. Withgott, and K. G. Smith (2021). Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bnhnut.01.1