Like its larger relative the white-breasted nuthatch, the red-breasted nuthatch has a pointy bill for probing under tree bark, as it meanders face-first down trunks and spirals around branches. Unlike the more common and wider spread white-breasted, this species has a distinct black eye stripe and rufous red underparts.
This WHITE little plant completely lacks chlorophyll and is often mistaken for a fungus or mushroom. In truth, it is a parasite of fungi that feed on tree roots, and is often found in the shade beneath beech or maple trees.
This is one of the few birds that many residents of the USA know by name… but it is THAT NAME that makes many people in the UK a bit confused. No matter where you live, each version has the classic “red breast”.