nut·​hatch | \ ˈnət-ˌhach How to pronounce nuthatch (audio) \

Definition of nuthatch

: any of various small tree-climbing chiefly insectivorous birds (family Sittidae and especially genus Sitta) that have a compact body, a narrow bill, a short tail, and sometimes a black cap

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Recent Examples on the Web Gary Ritchison, an ornithologist at Eastern Kentucky University, agrees it’s unknown why the nuthatches don’t trust the chickadees enough to repeat their level of alarm. National Geographic, "These birds 'retweet' alarm calls—but are careful about spreading rumors," 27 Jan. 2020 Learn about these ways, then take a hike in search of nuthatches in the wild. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Don’t hibernate: Join in the January fun at the Medina County Parks," 6 Dec. 2019 The cavities that woodpeckers create and later abandon provide living space for other creatures — birds such as titmice, nuthatches and wrens, but also for flying squirrels, Mason said. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "The percussive appeal of the woodpecker," 17 July 2019 For nuthatches and woodpeckers, hang a suet feeder block in a hanging basket. Tom Stienstra,, "Create a home for birds, a new world for yourself," 10 June 2019 The paper looked at about a dozen songbird species, including the American robin, red-faced warbler, and other arboreal species, as well as ground-dwelling birds like the house wren and white-breasted nuthatch. National Geographic, "Birds That Leave Nest Too Late Can Endanger Their Families," 25 June 2018 While most birds peck at food right side up, the nuthatch disdains proper manners. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: June brings colorful birds to my yard," 11 June 2018 Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, finches, nuthatches and titmice will come for the black-oil sunflower seed. Evan Macdonald,, "No one harmed in Christmas house fire in Broadview Heights," 25 Dec. 2017 The sound of the flowing river was broken by the chirping of a black-capped chickadee and a white-breasted nuthatch. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Local residents count in national effort to record bird population," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of nuthatch

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nuthatch

Middle English notehache, from note nut + -hache; akin to Old English tohaccian to hack — more at hack

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“Nuthatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nuthatch

: a small bird with a narrow beak and short tail


nut·​hatch | \ ˈnət-ˌhach How to pronounce nuthatch (audio) \

Kids Definition of nuthatch

: a small bird that creeps on tree trunks and branches and eats insects

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