Brown-Headed Nuthatch

Brown-Headed Nuthatch
Brown-Headed Nuthatch
The shaded area in the map shows the Brown-Headed Nuthatch living all year long.
Usually have 1 brood a year with a clutch size of 3-7 eggs that are white cream color with brown dots.  Incubation is about 14 days and nestling is 18-19 days.
Their diet is mostly insects in the summer and pine seeds in the winter months.


If you wish to attract Brown-Headed Nuthatch to your yard by feeding them.  Listed below are some of the food options Brown-Headed Nuthatches prefer.




Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds




 Peanut Hearts

Peanut Hearts

Live Mealworms

Live Meal Worms

Dried Mealworms

Dried Meal Worms

 Hulled Sunflower Seeds

Hulled Sunflower Seeds


If you want to attract the Brown-Headed Nuthatch to your yard using feeders.  Listed below are the feeders, Brown-Headed Nuthatch prefer.  The pictures below, are examples of each category.


Any size, shape, or style can be used.  All the food mention above can be place in a platform feeder; also known as tray feeders or fly thru feeders.

Platfrom FeederFly Thru Feeder


Any size, shape or style can be used, designed to hold one or a variety of the following: Peanuts, sunflower seeds and peanut hearts.

Caged Tube Feeder


Any style, shape, or size can be used, designed to use one or a variety of the following: peanuts, sunflower seeds, or peanut hearts.

Hopper FeederHopper Feeder


Any size, style or shape can be used.  A combination suet feeder with birdseed or a single suet feeder'

Suet FeederCaged Suet Feeder


Any size, shape, or style that is designed to hold mealworms

Mealworm FeederMealworm Feeder


Any size, style or shape of birdhouse with the interior dimensions closely related to a 4" x 4" floor to a 5.5" x 5.5" floor. Interior height of 8"-10".  An entrance hole of 1" in diameter that is 6"-8" off from the floor.

You can place your birdhouse 5'-15' with the entry hole facing any direction.  If you plan to put more than one birdhouse up for a Brown-Headed Nuthatch, place your nest boxes 625' apart to avoid territorial denomination.

Pictures below are some example of acceptable birdhouses for the brown-headed nuthatch.

BirdhouseBluebird birdhouseBirdhouse


You can purchase a bluebird house for the brown-headed nuthatch since they too  accept the same dimensions as the bluebirds.   You will have to reduce the hole size, since bigger birds will take over the nuthatch box.

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