Species Spotlight: Brown-headed Nuthatch

A brown-headed nuthatch on a pinecone covered branch peers up inquisitively

Look high in the canopies of pine forests and you might see these smalls birds with chisel-like bills as they hop from trunk to tree branch. The tiny rubber-ducky squeaks of these vocal insect eaters are hard to miss when they gather in small flocks. Controlled burns can help create the standing dead trees where Brown-headed Nuthatches build their nests. These birds prefer well-maintained, open pine forests; their presence is a good indicator of healthy habitat!

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