11 cm (4-5") Fairly common. Southeastern United States. Open pine woodlands.

A tiny bird with a brown cap, blue-gray back and buffy underparts. Pale or white patch on back of neck.

Feeds on outer branches and cones of pines.

Often in small flocks.

The southeastern counterpart of the western Pygmy Nuthatch.

Song: soft and twittering calls, rubber duck-like squeaking, excited chatter.

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  • Brown-headed Nuthatch distribution map
    Brown-headed Nuthatch distribution map
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    Brown-headed Nuthatch winter distribution map