American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small, short-tailed birds of the family Sittidae, having a long sharp bill and known for climbing down trees headfirst. Also called nutcracker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the family Sittidæ. There are many species, found in most parts of the world, all of small size, usually less than six inches long, and mostly of a bluish color above and white or rusty on the under parts. They have a rather long, sharp, straight beak, pointed wings, short square tail, and feet fitted for climbing, and are among the most agile of creepers. The common nuthatch of Europe is Sitta europæa or S. cæsia. Four quite distinct species are found in the United States. These are the Carolina or white-bellied nuthatch, S. carolinensis; the Canada or red-bellied, S. canadensis; the least nuthatch of the southern States, S. pusilla; and the pygmy nuthatch of the southwestern States and Territories, S. pygmæa. They live upon small hard fruits and insects, are not migratory, do not sing, and nest in holes in trees, which they excavate like woodpeckers. Also called nutbreaker, nuthacker, nutjobber, nutpecker, nuttapper.
- n. Any of various small passerine birds from the family Sittidae found throughout the Northern hemisphere that have the unusual ability to climb down trees head first.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of birds of the genus Sitta, as the European species (Sitta Europæa). The white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta Carolinensis), the red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis), the pygmy nuthatch (Sitta pygmæa), and others, are American.
- n. any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
- Middle English notehache : note, nut; see nut + hache, hatchet (from Old French, perhaps of Germanic origin, from its habit of wedging nuts in bark and hacking them open). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus secured, the nuthatch may hack the seed open with its bill hence the name nuthatch or cover it with a piece of bark or moss for a later snack.”
“The word "nuthatch" is derived from the fondness of the Eurasian species for hazel nuts.”
“nuthatch," a word that gives an erroneous impression, for no bird ever hatches a nut.”
“The stacked wood, being undisturbed for the summer months, is a haunt of mice, and the stoat undulates over it, coming down headfirst like a nuthatch.”
“From above, as I watched the tits depart, came a soft drumming on a dead trunk – a female lesser spotted woodpecker, little bigger than a nuthatch.”
“I spotted the rusty while scanning for the nuthatch through my binoculars.”
“You know our little nuthatch guy was more of a pokey sort, yes.”
“With a close focus of 14 feet 4.27 meters, these exceptional little binoculars allow me just the right amount of distance to enjoy the "up close" views of the outdoor bird feeder from my indoor easy chair – yet still be able to tell a nuthatch from a chickadee in a more distant tree.”
“The more common birds are the winter wren, Townsend's warbler, chestnut-backed chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, gray jay, and Steller's jay.”
“Some of the more common birds are the northern pygmy-owl, olive warbler, red-faced warbler, hepatic tanager, mountain bluebird, pygmy nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, Mexican junco, Steller's jay, red-shafted flicker and the Rocky Mountain sapsucker.”
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