Red-breasted Nuthatch

A small nuthatch with a broad black line through the eye and a white line above it with rusty underparts, the Red-breasted Nuthatch is often founds in the woods and mountains across the United States. Look for these birds climbing up and down the trunks of trees. They often show little fear of humans so you may be in luck for a close encounter! Listen for their call – a tinny yank-yank, higher pitched than the White-breasted Nuthatch. Red-breasted Nuthatches will feast on both insects and seed and can even catch flying insects in the air!

Favorite Foods

Sunflower Hearts are the go-to seed for nuthatches and great for patio and decks, as they contain no shells. Peanuts and PatioWise® seed follow close behind as other feeding options for these birds. Don’t forget suet, they’ll happily eat all seven varieties in our Wild Bird Center brand.

Perfect Feeders

As nuthatches are able to perch and cling on any feeder, mesh and peanut feeders offer a great clinging surface for them whether eating right-side or upside down! In addition, platform, hopper and suet feeders are additional suitable options sure to bring this striking bird to your yard. 


Nuthatches typically lay between 5-9 eggs in a nest that is a cup of twigs, grass and bark fibers placed in a natural cavity or old woodpecker hole. We carry a nice selection of nesting materials to cushion the nest and provide warmth and comfort for baby birds. Hang materials in trees in your backyard and watch as birds sweep in, grab some in their mouth and flutter off to their nesting sites.

Did You Know?

Nuthatches gather nuts and seeds, jam them into tree bark, and hammer or "hatch" the food open with their bills. A group of nuthatches are collectively known as a "jar" of nuthatches.