Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Red-Breasted NuthatchRed-Breasted Nuthatch Map
The Red-Breasted Nuthatch is commonly found in the dark areas of the map in all seasons of the year and the lighter shade of grey shows them to be  more uncommon in the winter time.  These birds usually brood once a year, having a clutch size of 5-6 and sometimes 4-7 eggs.  The eggs are white with reddish brown spots.  Incubation is about 12 days.
Their diet is mainly insects and seeds.  Going down trees head first, looking for insects to eat and in the winter time when insects are low, they like to eat conifer seeds.


If you wish to attract the Red-breasted nuthatch to your yard; listed below are some of the food types that these birds prefer.



 Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Black Oil Sunflower Seed


Hulled Sunflower Seeds

Hulled Sunflower Seeds










Peanut Hearts

Peanut Hearts






Listed below are the type of feeders Red-Breasted Nuthatches prefer to use.  Each category shows example of pictures to give you some idea..


Any style or size that can be filled with Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Peanut Hearts, and Peanuts

Mesh Cat Haning FeederHaning Caged Tube Bird Feeder


Any size and style can be used to fill it with Hulled Sunflower Seeds,Peanuts, Peanut Hearts and Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

Hopper Bird FeederPost Mount Hopper Feeder


Any size and style you choose. All of the feed that was mentioned above, can be place on a platform feeder, including suet and mealworms.

 Mounted Platform FeederSquirrel Platform FeederHanging Platform Feeder


 Any size, style, or combination feeder that holds suet and bird feed.

Combination FeederHanging Suet Feeder


Any size and style of mealworm feeder will work

Hanging Meal Worm Feeder


Any style and shape of birdhouse that is closely related to the interior dimensions of a 4" x 4" floor to as big as a 5.5" x 5.5" floor. Walls as high as 8" - 10" and an entry hole 1.25" in diameter, that is 6"-8" from the floor.  Place your birdhouse entry hole away from the most windy direction where you live.  The height of the birdhouse can be place anywhere from 5' to 15' in a partial sun and shade.  If you plan on placing more than one birdhouse for the Red-Breasted Nuthatch, place your birdhouses 150' apart, to avoid territorial denomination.  Listed below are some example of some birdhouses.

 Orleans Cottage BirdhouseArbor Cottage Birdhouse.


Red-Breasted Nuthatches usually excavate their own nest cavities in dead trees and rarely use nest boxes.  Nest boxes will be successful, in areas where there are no dead trees.

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