adult; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

White-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta leucopsis

Native Range: North America

Notes: a large nuthatch of open woods and mature trees; equally adept climbing upward or downward on tree trunks and limbs; regularly issues distinctive nasal calls.

dorsal view; blue-gray back (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

black crown, white face (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

stubby tail; clambers down as well as up (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

pointed and slightly upturned bill (California, USA; 2008-02-02)

black iris (California, USA; 2006-08-23)

white underneath, rusty patch at base of legs (California, USA; 2007-01-27)

an active limb climber and tree hugger (California, USA; 2009-03-01)

white dots on dark tail visible in flight (California, USA; 2009-03-01)