White-breasted Nuthatch

Photo Credit: Dave Budeau, ODFW


  • Species Common Name White-breasted Nuthatch (Slender-billed)
  • Species Scientific Name Sitta carolinensis aculeata
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

White-breasted Nuthatches use mature, large-diameter oak trees for foraging and nesting cavities. They require high canopy cover in connected patches.

Limiting factors

Availability of mature oaks and cavities for nesting may limit distribution. Nuthatches are susceptible to nest predation and competition from European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) and other cavity-nesters.

Conservation actions

Maintain large oaks. Preserve trees containing cavities whenever possible. Promote development of larger oaks. Where possible, implement controlled burns to maintain oak tree dominance and prevent conifer encroachment.

Key reference or plan

Land Manager's Guide to Bird Habitat and Populations in Oak Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest