White-browed Nuthatches

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Nuthatches

Information provided by: Avian Contributor: Jeannine Miesle



Distribution

The White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta Victoriae) is considered endangered; it can only be found in the Mount Victoria area of Burma. However, it has been known to reside in the southern Chin Hills of Myanmar. Its range is very narrow.


Habitat

It prefers the subtropical and tropical moist montane forests. Its population is decreasing quickly due to habitat destruction. It prefers tall oak and rhododendron forests.


Description

A dainty little bird, this Nuthatch measures 11.5 cm (4.5 in) long. It has a long, narrow, white supercilium, and its sides are a lovely chestnut. On the head, the lores and sides of the head are white. The area from the sides of the head to the flanks is orange-rufous. The underparts are white, and the upperparts are a grey-white color. The juvenile’s markings are fainter than the adults, and it has orange-rufous coloring from the sides of the head to the flanks.


Feeding

As do many of the Nuthatches, the White-browed feeds in mixed flocks, mostly in the outer branches of larger trees.


Vocalizations

This Nuthatch emits a 9-12 note hi-whi-whi-whi-whi-whi-whi-whi-whi which increases in volume. Its call consists of a constant pee pee pee.



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