Brown-Headed Nuthatch

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A bird that was extirpated from Missouri is once again living among short-leaf pines in the Mark Twain National Forest.

The brown-headed nuthatch is a resident or a non-migratory bird, according to state ornithologist, Sarah Kendrick, with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

They excavate cavities in dead pine trees to nest in each year.  Kendrick said they’re a pine woodland obligate, which means they need pine trees with open spacing between them to survive.  And they have a distinct call.