White-cheeked Nuthatches

Nuthatches
Pygmy Nuthatch

Information provided by: Avian Contributor: Jeannine Miesle



Distribution

Little is known about the White-cheeked Nuthatch (Sitta leucopsis). Its population is stable in Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, but rare in China and Tibet.


Habitat

This Nuthatch dwells in boreal and temperate forests of the Himalayas, preferring trees which reach altitudes of 2100 to 4300 meters.


Description

A diminutive bird, the White-cheeked Nuthatch is only 13 cm (5 in) long. Its upperparts are mostly dark blue-grey, and its chin, throat, face and long cheeks are white. The underparts sport a chestnut color.

The sexes appear similar, except that the male’s black cap is glossier and larger than the female’s.


Feeding

This bird forages in the upper canopy of the Himalayan forests.


Breeding

Its breeding habits have not been documented; however, it is assumed that they are similar to other subspecies of Nuthatch.



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