The Nuthatch may initially seem similar to a woodpecker, with its long pointed bill and short tail. However, it is often seen clambering up and even down (unlike woodpeckers) tree trunks with its powerful toes. Find out more about the Nuthatch in our wild bird library.
The nuthatch is a noisy bird, and can often be located by its distinctive call. This species seldom travels far from the woodland in which it was hatched.
The nuthatch will sometimes wedge a nut into a crevice in a tree, and then proceed to hack at it with its bill in order to feed.
Nuthatches nest in holes and crevices in trees or walls, or will sometimes make use of an abandoned nest. The nest is made from bark and dead leaves.
The nestlings are blind and helpless when they are first hatched, and both parents help with feeding them.
The nuthatch will mainly eat nuts and seeds, including hazelnuts and acorns, but it will eat insects during the summer.
The can be seen at birdfeeders and bird tables, but they are aggressive birds and may drive other species away.