The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
As long as there are conifers, breeding season Red-breasted Nuthatches are contented. They can be found in dry ponderosa pine foothills, in moist boreal bogs, around tree line in the mountains, at sea level, and even in planted Christmas tree plantations. Audubon's climate model shows an overall northward drift of the species’ range, with more disruption and range loss in summer than in winter. This nuthatch is a habitat generalist in winter, so summer climate is the chief concern going forward. How and whether the species adapts in the decades ahead will be determined in large part by conifer forest health in a changing climate.