The White-breasted nuthatch uses Oak woodlands as well as coniferous forests.
The White-breasted nuthatch lives throughout California excluding the high Sierras central valley and desert regions.
The White-breasted nuthatch eats mainly arthropods gleaned from the bark of trees. This high protein diet is mainly used in spring during the breading period. They also pick nuts form conifer cones and acorn and stash some for winter. They seem to defy gravity in their ability cling easily to the underside of branches or move down a vertical tree branch in pursuit of insects and other arthropods.
The White-breasted nuthatch fills a similar niche as the woodpecker. They eat arthropods from tree bark and nuts. They even cache stores for winter.
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