White-breasted Nuthatch

The White-breasted Nuthatch is the largest North American nuthatch, easily identified by its nasal ‘yank’ call. Found primarily in deciduous woodlands as well as towns and parks with mature trees, nuthatches are typically white with blue-gray on the upper parts and a dark cap (males) or paler cap (females) on their head. Nuthatches will often grab a seed from the feeder, fly to a tree and place the seed in a bark crevice. From here, they will hammer it open with their bill to eat it. Don’t be surprised if you find these acrobatic birds feeding upside down, perches on tube feeders and scaling trees looking for bugs and insects.

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.