|Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
(aka Wood Nuthatch)
|Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England
The Eurasian Nuthatch is distributed throughout most of Europe and Asia. In Britain it is extending north from England into the lowlands of Scotland. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in woodland, parks and large gardens with mature trees.
It has a large head and long pointed bill. Upperparts are blue grey while underparts vary but in Britain are mainly rusty-buff with a white throat. There is a black line through the eye.
It feeds on insects fruits and nuts and is distinguished by its ability to forage downwards head-first as in photo 1.
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