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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Feeding birds will not attract birds to nest and raise a family in a bird house.

Nesting, egg laying birds need seclusion and are unlikely to nest in a bird house near throngs of birds flocking to bird feeders.

 

More than 70 North American bird species live in nest boxes or on platforms.

See which birds live near you. Learn about those birds and how to make birdhouses for them.

 

Put the right nest boxes in the right place.

Keep nest boxes clean.

Protect birds from pests and predators.

 

Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Sitta pusilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta
Species: pusilla

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. sitte woodpecker like bird
mentioned by Aristotle
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. pusillus very small, tiny

Smallest of the eastern nuthatches, brown-headed nuthatches measure four inches or a little longer.

Brown crown, gray back and wings. White throat, cheeks, underparts, and small nape patch. Black, gray, and off white tail feathers

Brown-headed nuthatches foraging in the wilderness with a cottage background

Brown-headed nuthatches inhabit mixed and coniferous forests from New Jersey and the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, south to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

USGS range map shows brown-headed nuthatches live from New Jersey to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

Brown-headed Nuthatches forage for beetles, spiders, caterpillars various other insects, their larva and eggs in tree bark and on pinecone seeds. After the brood rearing season is over they feed in flocks, sometimes with chickadees and woodpeckers.

They have straight bills with sharp tips for foraging in crevices and under bark, cracking nut shells apart and boring out nesting cavities.

Feed brown-headed nuthatches suet and suet mixes, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, various nuts, nut meats, bread crumbs and mealworms.

Painting of a brown-headed nuthatch head.

Attract nuthatches. Plant pine, red cedar, blue spruce, cypress, honeysuckle, live oak, holly and various other evergreen shrubs and trees for their seeds and insects that are also attracted to these foliage.

Females lay four to six, more or less, tiny speckled eggs that hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Brown-headed nuthatches build nests of grass, feathers, pine seed “wings” and other soft foliage in natural or abandoned cavities or in cavities they excavate themselves usually in pine trees or stumps from near the ground to extreme heights. They also sometimes nest in birdhouses of the right dimensions mounted in the right places.

The brown-headed nuthatch birdhouse (same as for pygmy nuthatch, chestnut-backed and Siberian chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/8″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor, ventilation openings and hinged roof.

Assemble with screws in predrilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount this nest box in a wooded area, on a pine tree trunk or large limb from a few feet for easy inspection and maintenance if the box is well concealed, up to out of reach if necessary.

Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest from the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

Chickadees, titmice, and other nuthatches may use this box.

If you mount a winter bird warmer and occasionally lift the lid in cold weather, you may see several cuddling nuthatches and possibly with chickadees and titmice.

Cedar birdhouse with hinges for titmice and chickadees

Brown-headed Nuthatch Birdhouse

View and print brown-headed nuthatch birdhouse plans.
Visit the Winter Bird Warmer Page.

Winter Warmer

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Brown-headed Nuthatch

Sitta pusilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta
Species: pusilla

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. sitte woodpecker like bird
mentioned by Aristotle
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. pusillus very small, tiny

Smallest of the eastern nuthatches, brown-headed nuthatches measure four inches or a little longer.

Brown crown, gray back and wings. White throat, cheeks, underparts, and small nape patch. Black, gray, and off white tail feathers

Brown-headed Nuthatches foraging on decaying and fallen timber with a distant cabin in the background.

Brown-headed nuthatches inhabit mixed and coniferous forests from New Jersey and the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, south to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

USGS range map shows brown-headed nuthatches live from New Jersey to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

Brown-headed Nuthatches forage for beetles, spiders, caterpillars various other insects, their larva and eggs in tree bark and on pinecone seeds. After the brood rearing season is over they feed in flocks, sometimes with chickadees and woodpeckers.

They have straight bills with sharp tips for foraging in crevices and under bark, cracking nut shells apart and boring out nesting cavities.

Feed brown-headed nuthatches suet and suet mixes, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, various nuts, nut meats, bread crumbs and mealworms.

A woodcut print of an oak titmouse pair, one returning to a tree cavity with nest building foliage and its mate leaving the cavity.

Attract nuthatches. Plant pine, red cedar, blue spruce, cypress, honeysuckle, live oak, holly and various other evergreen shrubs and trees for their seeds and insects that are also attracted to these foliage.

Females lay four to six, more or less, tiny speckled eggs that hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Brown-headed nuthatches build nests of grass, feathers, pine seed “wings” and other soft foliage in natural or abandoned cavities or in cavities they excavate themselves usually in pine trees or stumps from near the ground to extreme heights. They also sometimes nest in birdhouses of the right dimensions mounted in the right places.

The Brown-headed nuthatch birdhouse (same as for pygmy nuthatch, chestnut-backed and Siberian chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/8″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor, ventilation openings and hinged roof.

Assemble with screws in predrilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount this nest box in a wooded area, on a pine tree trunk or large limb from a few feet for easy inspection and maintenance if the box is well concealed, up to out of reach if necessary.

Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest from the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

Chickadees, titmice, and other nuthatches may use this box.

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid in cold weather, you may see several cuddling nuthatches and possibly with chickadees and titmice.

Visit the Brown-headed Nuthatch Birdhouse Page.

Brown-headed Nuthatch Birdhouse

View and print the brown-headed nuthatch nest box plans.
Visit the Winter Bird Warmer Page.

Winter Bird Warmer

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Brown-headed Nuthatches foraging on decaying and fallen timber with a distant cabin in the background.

Sitta pusilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta
Species: pusilla

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. -idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. sitte woodpecker like bird
mentioned by Aristotle
La. pusillus very small, tiny

Smallest of the eastern nuthatches, brown-headed nuthatches measure four inches or a little longer.

Brown crown, gray back and wings. White throat, cheeks, underparts, and small nape patch. Black, gray, and off white tail feathers

USGS range map shows brown-headed nuthatches live from New Jersey to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

Brown-headed nuthatches inhabit mixed and coniferous forests from New Jersey and the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, south to Florida and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

They forage for beetles, spiders, caterpillars various other insects, their larva and eggs in tree bark and on pinecone seeds. After the brood rearing season is over they feed in flocks, sometimes with chickadees and woodpeckers.

Brown-headed nuthatches have straight bills with sharp tips for foraging in crevices and under bark, cracking nut shells apart and boring out nesting cavities.

Feed brown-headed nuthatches suet and suet mixes, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, various nuts, nut meats, bread crumbs and mealworms.

Attract nuthatches. Plant pine, red cedar, blue spruce, cypress, honeysuckle, live oak, holly and various other evergreen shrubs and trees for their seeds and insects that are also attracted to these foliage.

Females lay four to six, more or less, tiny speckled eggs that hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Brown-headed Nuthatch Birdhouse

Brown-headed nuthatches build nests of grass, feathers, pine seed “wings” and other soft foliage in natural or abandoned cavities or in cavities they excavate themselves usually in pine trees or stumps from near the ground to extreme heights. They also sometimes nest in birdhouses of the right dimensions mounted in the right places.

The Brown-headed nuthatch birdhouse (same as for pygmy nuthatch, chestnut-backed and Siberian chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/8″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor, ventilation openings and hinged roof.

View and print the brown-headed nuthatch nest box plans.

Brown-headed Nuthatch Birdhouse Plans

Assemble with screws in predrilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount this nest box in a wooded area, on a pine tree trunk or large limb from a few feet for easy inspection and maintenance if the box is well concealed, up to out of reach if necessary. Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest from the box well after the brood rearing season is past.

Chickadees, titmice, and other nuthatches may use this box.

Visit the Winter Bird Warmer Page.

Winter Bird Warmer

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid in cold weather, you may see several cuddling nuthatches and possibly with chickadees and titmice.

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