Saturday, January 28, 2017

White-breasted Nuthatch

During Wednesday’s snow storm, this White-breasted Nuthatch camped out at the feeder. The bird almost appeared to be sleeping, unwilling to leave the food source. Birds also stay still when predators are present, but this bird appears to have half-open eyes.

Before the advent of DNA research, nuthatches were thought to be closely related to chickadees. But genetic studies indicate they are actually closely allied with creepers, wrens, and gnatcatchers. Within their family, White-breasted Nuthatches do not seem closely related to other nuthatch species (Grubb and Pravosudov 2008).

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