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Baeolophus bicolor  Tufted Titmouse
These cavity-nesting insectivores breed in woodlands throughout most of Louisiana. They shy away from the coast, hardly breeding at all in Cameron or Vermilion parishes. The Tufted Titmouse is one of about eight Louisiana species of birds that adopted old nests of the formerly common Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
female or male

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Poecile carolinensis  Carolina Chickadee
As with titmice, these cavity-nesting and urban-tolerant insectivores breed in nearly all woodlands in Louisiana except along the coast. However, the chickadee breeds nearer the coast in Vermilion and Plaquemines parishes than does the titmouse. Like titmice, these chickadees used old nests of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.

two photos Copyright 1999 by Bill Bergen 
male or female in nest cavity

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Sitta carolinensis  White-breasted Nuthatch
These cavity-nesting insectivores are uncommon birds in Louisiana, breeding among tall, broad-leaved trees along wide streams in the northern one-third of the state. They are not generally found nesting in the bottomlands of the Mississippi River, with the exception of some birds in western Madison and Tensas parishes. White-breasted Nuthatches may have nested sparingly in the Florida Parishes in the very early 1900's.

painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes 1914
male (left) and female (right)