- Sitta pusilla
- White underparts
- Brown cap
- Narrow black eyeline
- Buff white cheeks, chin, and belly
- Blue-grey back, nape, wings, and rump
- White spot on nape of neck
- Sharp black bill
Southeastern United States and the Bahamas, on Grand Bahama. Found from south-eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas through central Arkansas, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast states, to southern Maryland and Delaware, Virginia, then south to southern Florida.
There are two subspecies:
- S. p. pusilla:
- Pine forests of south-eastern US
- S. p. insularis:
- Grand Bahama Island
Mixed forests, primarily pine, and gardens.
The diet includes cockroaches, beetles, and spiders in summer, and pine seeds in winter. Often visits garden feeders.
They nest in a tree cavity; the eggs are incubated for 14 days. The young fledge 18 days later.
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