Ask anyone what they believe to be the most striking feature of a Nuthatch, and in most cases they’ll answer with the black stripe around its head. This almost sinister-looking stripe wraps around the Nuthatch’s head, covering the eyes and terminating where the pinkish colour of the underbelly begins. Perhaps it would be a step too far to say that this could be the most Zorro-esque bird in existence.
But this contrasts beautifully with the subtle battle-grey plumage of the back, which helps highlight the pinkish orange-red underbelly of the bird. Its bill, a prominent and sturdy affair, has adapted as an ideal tool for stowing away insects and seeds into various cracks and crevices of tree trunks; it can then be used, in dagger-like fashion, to jab away at the stowed-away food.
There is not much difference between male and female varieties; the only real difference being that the female has slightly paler upperparts and a brown stripe around the eyes.