Azure Nuthatches or Blue Nuthatches

Photo Wanted

Nuthatches

Information provided by: Avian Contributor: Jeannine Miesle



Distribution and Habitat

Also known as the Azure Nuthatch, the Blue Nuthatch (Sitta azurea) dwells in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

This resident Nuthatch inhabits a vast range in these countries; however, populations are fragmented. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist, lowland and montane forests.


Description

Nature’s paintbrush gave the Blue Nuthatch a remarkable variety of blues: the shoulders and mantle are a medium-dark blue, while the tips of the primaries possess light blue streaks surrounded by dark blue feathering. The feathers on the back are a very light blue, while the uppertail coverts and feathers are a medium blue, the same as on the undertail feathers. The ventral feathers behind the breast are a very dark blue, while the undertail coverts and feathers are a lighter, medium shade of blue.

The white feathers around the eye stand out markedly against the deep black feathers on its head. The off-white bill tapers down to a point, and below that, the throat and breast are a buff, dusky pink to orange shade.

It measures 13.5 cm (5.25 in) in length


Diet / Feeding

Very little is known about the specific habits of this Nuthatch. It prefers invertebrates and larvae in its diet and nests in rotting trees.



Please Note: The articles or images on this page are the sole property of the authors or photographers. Please contact them directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. Thank you.

BeautyOfBirds strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please send us an e-mail. THANK YOU!

Comments