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Nuthatch is a year-round
resident throughout most of the United States
and parts of Canada
White-breasted Nuthatches inhabit mature deciduous
and mixed deciduous-coniferous
forests. Nuthatches prefer to nest near
open areas and forest edges. The nest is
often located near water, roads, orchards
or fields. White-breasted Nuthatches nest
in natural tree cavities, abandoned
woodpecker holes, holes they excavate
themselves or nest boxes. The female
begins nestbuilding in early April.
During this time, the pair stays in close
association, frequently giving contact
calls to one another. The male
occasionally feeds the female and
continues to do so throughout egg-laying
Nuthatches inhabit northern
habitats. They are found in the southern
half of Canada and in the western and
northeastern regions of the United
States. Ideal breeding habitat consists
of mature, partly open coniferous or
mixed coniferous-deciduous forests.
Red-breasted Nuthatches nest in aspen, birch, oak, cottonwood,
and poplar trees,
as well as in spruce
and other cone-bearing trees.
The breeding season begins in late April
or early May. Both adults work to
excavate a nest cavity, most commonly in
a rotten stub or branch of a dead tree.
Nest boxes are occasionally used.
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