Nuthatch - Sitta europaea

    Description

    About the size of a Robin, this bird resembles a small woodpecker, particularly as it is mainly seen on tree trunks. It has a grey back, chestnut sides and a black eye-stripe.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Mature woodland and parkland with large trees

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    It searches tree trunks and branches for insects and also eats seeds and nuts, typically working its way down the trunk. Nuthatches breed over most of England and Wales, using tree holes which they line with grass or bark.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in England and Wales, but few records from Scotland

    VC55 Status

    A resident of Leicestershire and Rutland and frequently seen.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map