White-tailed Nuthatches or Himalayan Nuthatches

White-tailed Nuthatch or Himalayan Nuthatch


Information provided by: Avian Contributor: Jeannine Miesle



The White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis), or Himalayan Nuthatch, is another elusive bird whose habits have not been well documented.

This bird is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam.



The White-tailed Nuthatch resides in subtropical or tropical humid lowland and montane forests.



This Nuthatch measures 12 cm (4.75 in) in length, and has a small bill.

Its underparts are a rusty shade of orange, and its undertail coverts are a bright rufous color. The white, uppertail coverts are hidden, making them difficult to use for identification purposes. The White-tailed Nuthatch has a buff to chestnut colored breast and belly, while lacking the superciliary line of the White-browed Nuthatch



Its normal breeding season is from March to May, and it utilizes both broad-leaved trees and mixed forests during this time.


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