The Brown-headed Nuthatch is a non-migratory species identified as declining in Georgia by authorities including the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and National Audubon Society.   Their preferred habitat of pine woodlands has been disappearing due to urbanization and deforestation. The Audubon Climate Report further adds that the Brown-headed Nuthatch’s current preferred breeding habitat will essentially disappear under current climate trajectories.

In 2015, Audubon chapters in Georgia joined with Audubon North Carolina in bringing the Brown-headed Nuthatch’s plight to light and helped this common, yet declining, species to regain nesting opportunities in its native range.  All Georgia Audubon chapters placed 90 nestboxes around the state, with Ogeechee Audubon distributing 10 nestboxes between the following locations:

  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • Oatland Island Wildlife Center
  • Superior Landfill

How you can help make a little room for Brown-headed Nuthatches

Photo by Mary Lambright

Photo by Mary Lambright

Three easy steps will help make the difference for a nuthatch:

  1. Purchase one or more Brown-headed Nuthatch nest boxes or convert a bluebird nest box with an excluder – a metal ring that fits over the bluebird nest box hole to make it the right size for the nuthatch!  The local Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Stores carry nest boxes, excluders, and portal protectors.   If you prefer a do-it-yourself solution, you can build your own using one of these designs:
  2. Install the nest boxes in your yard using our easy step-by-step instructions.  This printable information sheet has facts and all you need to know to create a home for the Brown-headed Nuthatch.
  3. Register your nest box with NestWatch and monitor the activity throughout the year. This is key to understanding how successful the nest boxes are in supporting the birds.