Range of the Red-breasted nuthatch
The Red-breasted nuthatch is found throughout
California in various coniferous habitats. It is absent from the
central valley and the desert. It will move into higher mountain areas
in the summer.
Migration of the red-breasted nuthatch
The Red-breasted-nuthatch moves down slope in
winter and up into higher elevations in the summer.
Reproduction of the Red-breasted nuthatch
The Red-breasted nuthatch is a primary nester.
That is, it excavates its own nesting cavity. They prefer to nest in
dead wood. The Red-breasted nuthatch has an odd behavior of smearing
pitch around its nest entrance. The purpose of this is unknown. It is
most likely to deter predators.
Habitat/plant community used by the
The Red-breasted nuthatch uses various
coniferous plant communities. See plant community links below.
Diet of the Red-breasted nuthatch
The Red-breasted nuthatch gleans insects and
eats the seeds from coniferous trees.
Niche filled by the Red-breasted nuthatch
The Red-breasted nuthatch has a behavior similar
to that of a brown creeper. They start at the base of a tree or branch
and work their way upwards in a spiral fashion, gleaning as they go.
Then they fly down to the base of the next tree and start over.
How to attract a Red-breasted nuthatch to your
Red-breasted nuthatches like forested areas with
older trees. This may be difficult to archive in your back yard. If you
are near an established forested area, you may be able to attract one.
You can plant most any coniferous tree you like. I have a large red
wood tree in my back yard. The nearest forest is 20 miles away and I am
amazed at the birds that stop by.