The Brown-headed Nuthatch, a southern bird born and bred, needs your help to find a good home. This holiday season, BUY ONE nest box and Audubon North Carolina will GIVE ONE nest box to a local school, church or park in the best spot for a nuthatch in your community.
This house is PERFECT for the Brown-headed Nuthatch, a bird that needs your help to thrive. Your purchase will go twice as far to give these darlin’, squeaky birds a cozy home this winter and a place to raise their young in the spring.
Buy Local, Impact Local
By participating in our Buy One, Give One holiday promotion, you not only have a positive impact on the birds we know and love, your purchase supports a local bird store in your community. Shopping local this holiday will have a wide-reaching impact for birds and people, and that’s a great thing!
There are many ways to buy your box:
Online at Wild Bird and Garden
- Buy One, Give One for $50 and get it shipped to your door from Wilmington, NC
In-Person – Prices will vary
- Wild Bird & Garden 3501 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC
- Wild Bird & Garden 105 East Brown Street, Southport, NC
- Wright’s Backyard Birding Center 3906 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem, NC
- Wild Birds Unlimited 150 First Avenue East Suite C, Hendersonville, NC
- Carolina Raptor Center Gift Shop 6000 Sample Road, Huntsville, NC
From Chapters – Prices will vary
Act now to make your gift go twice as far. The Buy One, Give One promotion will only be offered until the end of the year. Donated nest boxes will be distributed to Audubon North Carolina Chapters and other partners in your community to facilitate the nest box installation.
What is a Brown-headed Nuthatch?
A small bird – just under 4” – nuthatches sound just like a rubber ducky squeaky toy. With a home range from Virginia to east Texas, the nuthatch lives in old-growth pine or just about anywhere it can get its favorite food – pine seeds. Nuthatches live in family groups with their grown babies (mostly male birds) sticking around to help out with the next brood. These birds are also smart little whippersnappers — they use a piece of bark as a lever to pry up other bark to look for food. They also use bark as a pantry door to cover a seed cache.
Learn more about nuthatches with Curtis Smalling and some really cute kids! Click to watch our video about our work to install 10,000 Homes for Nuthatches across NC.
Nuthatches Need YOUR Help!
The Brown-headed Nuthatch needs your help to find a good home. Our southern birds are losing ground to urbanization and deforestation as the piedmont loses its pine forests. They build their nests in tree cavities, and without these cavities to use, placing nest boxes in your backyard will provide these cuties with a home year round – and that’s just good old southern hospitality!
These darlin’ squeaky birds need more nest boxes now, so we can all enjoy them for generations to come. Boxes designed for Bluebirds will work for Brown-headed Nuthatches, but they need to be outfitted with a smaller hole – no more than 1 1/8“ in diameter. Bluebirds and nuthatches get along, so you can put houses at least 30’ apart.
Now is the perfect time of year to put up a nest box in your bird-friendly backyard. Nuthatches begin building nests as early as December and usually lay 5-7 white speckled-with-brown eggs once a year from March through early May. Babies leave the nest by early June, but these little birds also roost in boxes all winter, so putting up boxes any time helps our squeaky friends.
Tell Us About Your New Neighbors
Once you’ve put up a home for nuthatches in your yard, we hope you’ll stay in touch! Tell us about your new neighbors. We’ve got plenty of ways to share your story of helping to protect nuthatches in North Carolina.
- Join the flock in conserving nuthatches – nc.audubon.org/nuthatch
- Ask your questions by emailing us at email@example.com
- Upload photos to our Facebook page – facebook.com/audubonnc
- Share with us on Twitter – @audubonnc and hashtag #Home4Nuthatches
- Instagram a photo and use the hashtag #Home4Nuthatches
Launched in 2013, Audubon North Carolina’s Bird-Friendly Communities initiative is a partnership program involving more than 20 organizations with a vision for creating a more bird-friendly North Carolina. This vision statement guides the goals and projects of the group: “Bird-friendly communities give birds the opportunity to succeed by providing connected habitat dominated by native plants, minimizing threats posed by the built environment, and engaging people of all ages and backgrounds in stewardship of nature.”
Audubon NC is working with local chapters, partners and supporters to distribute 10,000 nest boxes for nuthatches this year to stop the decline of our southern bird. Nuthatches prefer semi-open habitat, but they are quite willing to nest in wooded and open areas – as long as there are pine trees nearby. Visit nc.audubon.org/nuthatch to get installation, timing and nest box maintenance instructions.