Eurasian Nuthatch

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Common Name: Eurasian Nuthatch
Scientific Name: Sitta europaea

Size: 5½ -6 inches (14cm)

Habitat: Eurasia; found in open conifer and mixed conifer forests and some urban settings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 50,000,000 - 250,000,000. In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 7,500,000-19,000,000 breeding pairs. The population is suspected to be fluctuating owing to fluctuations in food availability.

Diet: Insects and spiders. Nuts and seeds are important in winter and are often hoarded for harder times ahead. Forages on tree trunks, usually head downward.

Breeding: Six to eight eggs are laid. Old woodpecker holes and nest boxes are usually used for breeding, with the hole adjusted to the correct size by using mud plastered around the entrance.

Cool Facts: This is the only European bird that can climb headfirst down a tree trunk.

The Eurasian or Wood Nuthatch is very vocal in the breeding season producing a loud, rapidly repeated, ringing call note. It can also produce a series of whistles and musical trills and churrs.

Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 1

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