The nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that resembles a small woodpecker. It is blue-grey above and whitish below, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill and short legs.
It breeds throughout England and Wales and has recently began to breed in southern Scotland. It is a resident, with birds seldom travelling far from the woods where they hatch.
What they eat:
Insects, hazel nuts, acorns, beechmast and other nuts and seed.
- 14 cm
- 22.5-27 cm
- 20-25 g
- UK breeding:
- 220,000 territories