Sulpher-billed Nuthatches

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Distribution and Habitat

The Sulpher-billed Nuthatch (Sitta oenochlamys) is endemic to the Philippine Islands.

Its natural habitats are the subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests and montane forests.

A year-round resident of its habitat, it is dependent upon both terrestrial landscapes and the forests. It is being subjected to deforestation throughout the Philippines.


This magnificently marked bird has a blue head and a black patch on its forehead, over the cere. The bill is off-white, and the black eye is surrounded by a yellow eye ring. The blue wings and tail feathers and the tips of the primaries are marked with black streaks,. The upperparts and tail are mainly blue; the neck and underparts are a buff to dusky rose.

This songbird is only 12.5 cm (5 in) in length and weighs just 16.35 g.

Little is known about the specific habits of this Nuthatch.

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