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The Upside Down Bird

By Mikayla T., fifth-grader Celeste Kawulok's class Churchill Elementary The red-breasted nuthatch is one of the only birds that walk headfirst down trees. They do this because walking headfirst down the trees reveals all of the bugs and food tha...

By Mikayla T., fifth-grader Celeste Kawulok's class

Churchill Elementary

The red-breasted nuthatch is one of the only birds that walk headfirst down trees. They do this because walking headfirst down the trees reveals all of the bugs and food that the woodpeckers and other birds had left behind. The red-breasted nuthatch will build its nest about 15 to 20 feet off of the ground. One cool fact is that this bird has a lot of different nicknames throughout the country. For example, it is also called "cardy bird," "tomtit," "upside-down bird," and "little quank." This bird probably got the name "little quank" because when they make their calls they sound a lot like toy horns "quank." You might see this bird on the side of the road in coniferous forests, or at feeders, and suet.

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