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nuthatch Line breaks: nut|hatch
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌthatʃ/

Definition of nuthatch in English:


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A small songbird with a stiffened tail, which climbs up and down tree trunks and feeds on nuts, seeds, and insects.
  • Family Sittidae and genus Sitta: several species, including the widespread (Eurasian) nuthatch (S. europaea), with a grey back, black eyestripe, and white or buff underparts
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.


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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