Pygmy Nuthatch

Siyya pygmaea

Pygmy Nuthatch
Photo courtesy of Tom Grey

A busy, noisy bird flying about with a jerky bob-tailed flight. May seem very gregarious.

Description:
Bluish-gray with brownish gray head; short tail. 3 ¾ – 4 ¼ in.
Voice:
A high staccato ti-di ti-di ti-di; a call to one another. Kit kit kit as they fly.
Food:
Insects, insect eggs, beetles, spiders, ants, caterpillars; both parents feed young. During the winter they eat pine nuts, acorns. Can be seen working along limbs, often with head down.
Nest:
Natural tree cavity; nest made with feathers, wool and grass. Clutch of 6-9 eggs, spotted with reddish brown.
Habitat:
Resident of coniferous and mixed wood forests up to 10,500 ft.
Range:
Mountains of CA; Rocky Mountains
Migration:
Stay in Long Valley during the winter.
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