Nuthatches, those weird little birds that run up and down tree trunks are the subject of this video
Five facts about Nuthatches I didn’t know I wanted to know! Before we jump in to the 5 facts don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and notifications below so you won’t miss my next video Number one
The Sittidae Family includes 24 species worldwide of which only 4 are found in North America Two of these are the Red-breasted and the White-breasted Nuthatch Both are year-round (Permanent) residents The family name Sittidae is said to be used by Aristotle to describe birds that peck at the bark of trees Number two
Nuthatches are easily recognized by their behaviour of running up and down trees Unlike Woodpeckers and Creepers, nuthatches do not use their tails for support against tree trunks while foraging, so they are able to go both up and down trees head first This might also give them an advantage in finding food hidden in tree crevices missed by the birds that only go in the up direction Number three
The Brown-headed Nuthatch (found in the Southeastern US) is one of the few birds known to use tools This species has been observed using their bills to hold a piece of bark and then use it to flake off another piece of bark Number four
The Red-breasted Nuthatch was known by the common names Canada Nuthatch and Red-bellied Nuthatch in the past The reference to Canada is still reflected in its Latin name Males and females are similar in appearance However, the top of the head of the female red-breasted is a dark gray-blue, not black; the eye-stripe is less wide or black than the males And the last fact about Nuthatches you didn’t know that you wanted to know is! Well I’m now more knowledgeable about Nuthatches with these five facts that I didn’t know I needed to know! I still think these birds are just a little bit crazy running up and down trees the way they do but I guess now I know why they do what they do Birds who would have thought!