striped head, rufous underparts, blue back (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-20)

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Sitta canadensis

Native Range: North America

Notes: a nuthatch of northern pine forests; nests in tree cavities; often joins flocks of chickadees and other small birds during the non-breeding season; like other nuthatches, equally adept at going up or down tree trunks and major limbs; no sexual dimorphism.

slightly upturned bill (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

equally comfortable going upside-down (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

usuall associated with coniferous trees (Michigan, USA; 2006-08-19)

white eyestripe, black line through eye (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-09)

enjoying the sun (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-10)

posing for a portrait (Michigan, USA; 2012-08-20)