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Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta Europaea by Yuukon Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta Europaea by Yuukon
The Eurasian nuthatch or wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea) is a small passerine bird found throughout temperate Asia and in Europe, where its name is the nuthatch. Like other nuthatches, it is a short-tailed bird with a long bill, blue-grey upperparts and a black eye-stripe. It is a vocal bird with a repeated loud dwip call. There are more than 20 subspecies in three main groups; birds in the west of the range have orange-buff underparts and a white throat, those in Russia have whitish underparts, and those in the Far East have a similar appearance to European birds, but lack the white throat.

The preferred habitat is mature deciduous or mixed woodland with large, old trees, preferably oak. Pairs hold permanent territories, and nest in tree holes, usually old woodpecker nests, but sometimes natural cavities. If the entrance to the hole is too large, the female plasters it with mud to reduce its size, and often coats the inside of the cavity too. The 6–9 red-speckled white eggs are laid on a deep base of pine or other wood chips.

The Eurasian nuthatch eats mainly insects, particularly caterpillars and beetles, although in autumn and winter its diet is supplemented with nuts and seeds. The young are fed mainly on insects, with some seeds, food items mainly being found on tree trunks and large branches. The nuthatch can forage when descending trees head first, as well as when climbing. It readily visits bird tables, eating fatty man-made food items as well as seeds. It is an inveterate hoarder, storing food year-round. Its main natural predator is the Eurasian sparrowhawk.

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Mr-Grumpy1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome capture my friend :hug:
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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Mr-Grumpy1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Always a pleasure :hug:
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MyEmeraldTears Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
beautiful as usual holy shit
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018   Photographer
:heart:
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DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot.
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome.:D (Big Grin) 
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Rienet-Halun Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a wonderful picture. I love the soft background and how the bird draws the eye. The framing is also nice, with the bird off to the side. Lovely capture!
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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DPasschier Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
A beautiful capture.
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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sourpepper Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot!!! 
I love this bird, so beautiful.
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully done.
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Steve.
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CassandraKnight Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
How fabulous!
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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deepgrounduk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
beautiful capture :love:
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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OliverBPhotography Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
What a lovely shot! And you managed to capture it in such a typical pose as well. Plus they're not that easy to photograph, always moving about. :nod:
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Oliver!
They really are so quick, but super agile too! I just love looking at them. Sometimes when I am there with my camera, I get so mesmerized I forget to take pictures :lol: 
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Missy-MooMoo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing capture!
Beautiful bird! Heart 
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018   Photographer
Thank you!
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Missy-MooMoo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! Hug 
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