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Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea



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Tiny songbird with a short, square tail, a large head, and a straight, sharp bill. Slate gray wings and back; rich brown cap ending in a sharp line through the eye. Underparts are whitish to pale buff.


The smallest nuthatch. It has a brown crown, blue-gray back, and buffy to grayish underparts. Although not visible in this photo, they also have a pale spot on the back of the neck.


Juveniles are paler overall with a yellowish bill and grayish crown.


Found in pine forests in western North America, especially mature ponderosa pine forests.

Recommended Citation

Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: