Sunday, February 3, 2019

Red-breasted Nuthatch

I think I’ve mentioned recently that this winter has been a Red-breasted Nuthatch flight year. Usually a few of these nuthatches appear in the fall, disappear, then are seen again in spring. Other years we don’t see them at all. Red-breasted and White-breasted nuthatches are clearly closely related, often feeding “upside-down” in typical nuthatch fashion. More interesting, perhaps, are genetic studies that suggest Red-breasted Nuthatches are even more closely related to a number of Old World nuthatch species.

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