nuthatch

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A wood nuthatch (Sitta europaea).

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From Middle English nuthake, nuttehake, nothak, equivalent to nut +‎ hatch. Compare nutcracker.

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nuthatch (plural nuthatches)

  1. Any of various small passerine birds from the family Sittidae found throughout the Northern hemisphere that have the unusual ability to climb down trees head first.

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