: The Little Bird with a Big Personality
H2: Basic Description
The Pygmy Nuthatch is one of the smallest birds in North America, measuring only about 4 inches long and weighing around 0.3 ounces. They have a blue-gray back, white face, and buff-colored underparts. Their short tail has pointed feathers that they use to cling onto trees while feeding. These birds have a distinctive nasal voice that sounds like “ank-ank” or “yank-yank.”
H2: Where To Find This Bird
Pygmy Nuthatches are found throughout the western United States from southern British Columbia down to central Mexico. They prefer coniferous forests, especially those with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and spruce trees.
These little birds prefer living in mature forests but will also live in younger stands of trees or even urban areas where there are tall pines or other conifers nearby. Pygmy Nuthatches often travel in flocks with other small songbirds such as chickadees and titmice.
Pygmy Nuthatches eat insects such as beetles and caterpillars during the summer months but switch to seeds and nuts during colder weather when insects become scarce.
H2: Cool Facts
• Pygmy Nuthatches often nest inside tree cavities excavated by woodpeckers.
• Unlike many bird species where males sing to attract females for mating purposes, both male and female Pygmy Nuthatches sing together as duets.
• These birds can hang upside-down on branches while feeding thanks to their strong toes.
• Sometimes these little birds will take over old nests built by another species such as Woodpeckers or Chickadees.
Overall Pygmy nuthatch are interesting little creatures that everyone should know more about!