Sounds of the White-Breasted Nuthatch
Song: The male's song is a vibrant series of nasal notes sounding like hey-hey-hey-hey-hey. Song may be heard from midwinter through spring.
Call: The common call is a loud, nasal yank, given either singly, in pairs, or in a rapid series that indicates alarm or excitement. Soft ip or ik notes are used as intimate contact calls by nuthatches as they move around together.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.