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Any of several small, short-tailed birds of the genus Sitta found in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, having a long sharp bill and known for climbing down trees headfirst.

[Middle English notehache : note, nut; see nut + hache, hatchet (from Old French, perhaps of Germanic origin, from its habit of wedging nuts in bark and hacking them open).]


(ˈnʌtˌhætʃ) ,




(Animals) any songbird of the family Sittidae, esp Sitta europaea, having strong feet and bill, and feeding on insects, seeds, and nuts
[C14: notehache, from note nut + hache hatchet, from the bird's habit of splitting nuts; see nut, hack1]



any of various small, sharp-beaked songbirds of the family Sittidae, mainly of the Northern Hemisphere, that seek food along tree trunks and branches.
[1300–50; Middle English notehache, nuthagge, nuthak literally, nut hacker. See nut, hack1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nuthatch - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insectsnuthatch - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
European nuthatch, Sitta europaea - a kind of nuthatch
red-breasted nuthatch, Sitta canadensis - bluish-grey nuthatch with reddish breast; of northern coniferous forests
Sitta carolinensis, white-breasted nuthatch - bluish-grey nuthatch with black head and white breast; of eastern North America


[ˈnʌthætʃ] Ntrepador m, trepatroncos m


[ˈnʌtˌhætʃ] n (bird) → picchio muratore
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In our own country the larger titmouse (Parus major) may be seen climbing branches, almost like a creeper; it often, like a shrike, kills small birds by blows on the head; and I have many times seen and heard it hammering the seeds of the yew on a branch, and thus breaking them like a nuthatch.
Finkle & Green, a 'chic' spot from the firm behind The Nuthatch, is currently undergoing a six-figure refurbishment.
Lack of nesting sites for some of Wales' much-loved birds, such as blue tit, house sparrow and nuthatch, is thought to be one of the reasons why we don't see as many garden birds as we used to.
Some of these include the black -capped chickadee, the mourning dove, the red-winged blackbird, the cardinal, the blue jay, the white breasted nuthatch, the tufted titmouse, the American goldfinch, the ruby-throated hummingbird, and of course, the robin.
The variety of habitats attracts a wide range of birds including raven, buzzard, heron, woodpecker and nuthatch.
FEATURES BRING DZG conservation officer Chris Leeson said: "The event went really well and the team caught 56 birds in total of ten different species in mist nests situated in off-show areas behind the kangaroo and giraffe enclosures, including a greater spotted woodpecker and a nuthatch.
The Wildlife Portraits section was won by Jonathan Gaunt from Kelso with his picture of nuthatch taken near Wooler in Northumberland.
Nuthatch | Picture: Derek Moore MANY readers have seen Nuthatches in their gardens recently, which they report is unusual.
From the diminutive nuthatch to the peaceful pine grosbeaks to the more aggressive cedar waxwings and redwing blackbirds, the three crows just seem to bop about getting along with everybody.
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The White-breasted Nuthatch is a small bird, 13 centimeters long with a short, slightly upturned bill, grey upperparts, black crown and nape and, yes, a white breast.
Amongst the birds in the trees at the site were Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Jay.