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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

23. Nuthatch

23. Nuthatch

A woodland bird, a haunter of dead trees on which it finds grubs and larvae, its chief food. Its strong feet enable it to run about the tree, up or down, or upside down, a woodland acrobat. As its name implies it is also fond of nuts; these it places in a crevice in the bark, then hammers away at the shells until it is able to extract and eat the kernels. The nest is made in a hole in a tree, and if the entrance is too large it blocks it up with mud to the required size.