White-breasted Nuthatch

Nest box Plan and Information

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White-breasted Nuthatch
© Adam Bender
Construction difficulty:
moderate

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Nesting Range

White-breasted Nuthatch Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Forest
  • Open Woodland

Attach Nest Box To

  • Live tree
  • Pole

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
5ft
20ft

5–20 feet

Minimum Spacing:

1,040 feet

Facing:

South

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

1 1/4"

Depth:

8"

Width & Length:

5 1/2"

5 1/2"

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Helpful Tips

  • Although an uncommon nest box occupant, the White-breasted Nuthatch does occasionally use boxes when natural cavities are lacking (such as in wooded residential areas).
  • White-breasted Nuthatches stay on territory year round and may use boxes for winter roost sites.
  • Place 1" wood shavings in box floor.
  • If House Sparrows are a problem, move the box further into the forest interior.