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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).]
(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.
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|Noun||1.||nuthatch - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects|
red-breasted nuthatch, Sitta canadensis - bluish-grey nuthatch with reddish breast; of northern coniferous forests