Sittidae – Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) by Matt Wagner

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) by Matt Wagner

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Sittidae – Nuthatches

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (28)

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Siberian Nuthatch (Sitta arctica)
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch (Sitta nagaensis)
Kashmir Nuthatch (Sitta cashmirensis)
Indian Nuthatch (Sitta castanea)
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (Sitta cinnamoventris)
Burmese Nuthatch (Sitta neglecta)
White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis)
White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta victoriae)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla)
Corsican Nuthatch (Sitta whiteheadi)
Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti)
Krüper’s Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi)
Yunnan Nuthatch (Sitta yunnanensis)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Chinese Nuthatch (Sitta villosa)
White-cheeked Nuthatch (Sitta leucopsis)
Przevalski’s Nuthatch (Sitta przewalskii)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Western Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer)
Eastern Rock Nuthatch (Sitta tephronota)
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis)
Yellow-billed Nuthatch (Sitta solangiae)
Sulphur-billed Nuthatch (Sitta oenochlamys)
Blue Nuthatch (Sitta azurea)
Giant Nuthatch (Sitta magna)
Beautiful Nuthatch (Sitta formosa)


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©Arthur Grosset’s Birds
Dave’s BirdingPix
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Matt Wagner Photography
Ray’s Wildlife Photography

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Yunnan Nuthatch by Keith Blomerley – Calling and flicking wings


The nuthatches constitute a genus, Sitta, of small passerine birds belonging to the family Sittidae. Characterised by large heads, short tails, and powerful bills and feet, nuthatches advertise their territory using loud, simple songs. Most species exhibit grey or bluish upperparts and a black eye stripe.

Most nuthatches breed in the temperate or montane woodlands of the Northern Hemisphere, although two species have adapted to rocky habitats in the warmer and drier regions of Eurasia. However, the greatest diversity is in Southern Asia, and similarities between the species have made it difficult to identify distinct species. All members of this genus nest in holes or crevices. Most species are non-migratory and live in their habitat year-round, although the North American Red-breasted Nuthatch migrates to warmer regions during the winter. A few nuthatch species have restricted ranges and face threats from deforestation. (Wikipedia)

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