White-Breasted Nuthatch Calls (Learn 3 common sounds)

The White-Breasted Nuthatch is a fairly common bird to see at bird feeders throughout the USA and into parts of Mexico. Since they are such small birds with a dark-colored back, they can be tough to spot in the wooded areas they love to live in.

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The easiest way to find the White-Breasted Nuthatch in the woods is to listen for their nasally calls and songs.

White-Breasted Nuthatch CALLS:

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Sound #1: Nasally yank

Listening to the clip above, not only can you hear the nuthatch repeatedly calling with that nasally yank sound, but you can also hear him making noise with his toenails. When recorded, this bird was storing food in the bark of a tree. Maybe it was telling its mate where the food was? 

Sound #2: Faster nasally yank

This nasally yank sound is made by both males and females. It can be loud and repeated multiple times. This call almost sounds like the bird is trembling and bleating.

Sound #3: Wha Wha Wha Song

Thought to be used for attracting mates, the male sings this ‘wha wha wha‘ song repeatedly throughout the spring. The song can be faster or slower but is typically always the same note as they sing.

Have you heard the calls and sounds of a White-Breasted Nuthatch before?

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