Most commonly seen in mature woods and established parklands in central/southern England and Wales. Occasional sightings in Scotland.
Adult: A plump bird, about the size of a blue tit, with resemblances to a small woodpecker. With a blue-grey upper body and a white throat, it has chestnut-coloured sides and undertail and a black stripe on its head.
Bill: Black, short, thin and dagger-like.
Legs: Buff, medium length.
Habitat: Woodlands, hedges, heaths and gardens.
Behaviour: Climbs, takes off/lands from vegetation.
Flight: Strong, powerful and direct.
Voice: High-pitched chwit – chwit, and a repeated kee-kee-kee.
Nest: Tree holes. Made with plastered mud.
Eggs: 6—9. White with reddish spots.
Incubation period: 14—18 days.
Fledgeling: 23—25 days.
Broods: 1. April—May.
Food: Seeds, nuts and insects.
UK breeding pairs: 20,000.
Countrywide Peanuts, Countrywide Granulated Peanuts.