Pygmy Nuthatch

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

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. sitte woodpecker like bird
mentioned by Aristotle
Gr. pugmaios dwarfish
La. pygmaea pygmy

Smallest of the nuthatches, about four inches long. Brown crown, blue-gray or gray-brown back and wings lined with black and sometimes white.

White throat, cheeks, underparts, and small nape patch. Very short tail. Western equivalent of the Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Painting of pygmy nuthatches male and female perched on a conifer tree branch.
Inhabits mixed and coniferous forests from southern British Columbia, Idaho and western Montana to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.
USGS range map shows pygmy nuthatches live in western US mountains and coastal regions.
They build nests of feathers, leaves and other foliage in natural or abandoned cavities or in cavities which they excavate themselves.  Sometimes the nest in correctly sized and mounted birdhouses in the right habitats.
Female pygmy nuthatches lays five to eight, more or less, white speckled eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks incubation and leave the nest in about another three weeks
Small flocks of pygmy nuthatches dart throughout pine trees, on trunks, limbs and needles feeding on insects, spiders, their eggs and larva and pine cone seeds. Nuthatches feeding helps control tree parasites and the diseases spread by insects
Pygmy Nuthatch Head
The Pygmy Nuthatch Birdhouse is the same as for brown-headed nuthatch and chestnut-backed and Siberian chickadees.
It has a 4″ by 4″ floor and a 9″ inside floor to ceiling height. The entrance hole is 1 1/8″ diameter and is located 7″ above the floor.

Ventilation openings are cut into the floor and under the roof. A hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws in pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

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

Mount this nest box in a coniferous tree between eye level and just out of reach. Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

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

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Pygmy Nuthatch

Painting of pygmy nuthatches male and female perched on a conifer tree branch.

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

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. sitte woodpecker like bird
mentioned by Aristotle
Gr. pugmaios dwarfish
La. pygmaea pygmy

Smallest of the nuthatches, about four inches long. Brown crown, blue-gray or gray-brown back and wings lined with black and sometimes white. White throat, cheeks, underparts, and small nape patch. Very short tail. Western equivalent of the Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Inhabits mixed and coniferous forests from southern British Columbia, Idaho and western Montana to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.
USGS range map shows pygmy nuthatches live in western US mountains and coastal regions.
Builds nests of feathers, leaves and other foliage in natural or abandoned cavities or in cavities which they excavate themselves and sometimes in correctly sized and mounted birdhouses in optimum habitats.

Lays five to eight, more or less, white speckled eggs that hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest within another three weeks

Pygmy Nuthatch Head
Small flocks of pygmy nuthatches dart throughout pine trees, on trunks, limbs and needles feeding on insects, spiders, their eggs and larva and pine cone seeds.

Nuthatches feeding helps control tree parasites and the diseases spread by insects.

Select to view and pygmy nuthatch birdhouse plans.
The Pygmy Nuthatch Birdhouse is the same as for brown-headed nuthatch, chestnut-backed and Siberian chickadees.

It has a 4″ by 4″ floor and a 9″ inside floor to ceiling height. The entrance hole is 1 1/8″ diameter and is located 7″ above the floor.

Ventilation openings are cut into the floor and under the roof. A hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws in pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount this nest box in a coniferous tree between eye level and just out of reach. Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

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

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

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