Definition of nuthatch in English:

nuthatch

Syllabification: nut·hatch
Pronunciation: /ˈnətˌhaCH
 
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noun

A small songbird with a long strong bill, a stiffened square-cut tail, and the habit of climbing down tree trunks head first.
  • Family Sittidae and genus Sitta: numerous species, including the North American white-breasted nuthatch (S. carolinensis), with a gray back, black cap (male), black eyes, and white face and underparts
More example sentences
  • Although cardinals, chickadees, titmice, blue jays, nuthatches and finches will eat the large striped sunflower seed, there is much less waste and a bit more nutrition in the small, oil type.
  • Plenty of birds of winter still mob Ann's bird feeders; chickadees, juncos, sparrows, woodpeckers, nuthatches, goldfinch, and doves are in no short supply.
  • They have disappeared from our view, as have bullfinches and tree sparrows, nuthatches and marsh tits.

Origin

Middle English: from nut + obsolete hatch (related to hack1), from the bird's habit of hacking with the beak at nuts wedged in a crevice.

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