Scientific name: Sitta europea
Nature Stars: 50
A tit-sized bird, about 13cm long with a short tail, a large head and a woodpecker-like bill. Nuthatches are grey above, with a black eye stripe, white cheeks and throat and rusty buff belly. Nuthatches climb up and down tree trunks, feeding on insects and nuts and seeds.
They start breeding in April and can produce two clutches of up to 13 eggs at a time!!
How to identify: Unmistakeable
Where: England, Wales and southern Scotland.
Fantastic fact: Nuthatches are the only British bird that can climb head first down tree trunks, holding on with their strong feet.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc