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

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Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Siberian Nuthatch (Sitta arctica) Le quide ornitho
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch (Sitta nagaensis) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Kashmir Nuthatch (Sitta cashmirensis) OBI
Indian Nuthatch (Sitta castanea) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (Sitta cinnamoventris)Video IBC
Burmese Nuthatch (Sitta neglecta) BirdForum
White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis) by Nikhil – Video IBC
White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta victoriae) OBI
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) by Dave’s BP – Video IBC
Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) by Dave’s BP – Video IBC
Corsican Nuthatch (Sitta whiteheadi) ©WikiC
Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti) World Bird Guide – Endangered
Krüper’s Nuthatch (Sitta krueperi) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Yunnan Nuthatch (Sitta yunnanensis) OBI – Video IBC
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) by Ray – Video IBC
Chinese Nuthatch (Sitta villosa) ©WikiC – Video IBC
White-cheeked Nuthatch (Sitta leucopsis) ©WikiC – Photo – OBI
Przevalski’s Nuthatch (Sitta przewalskii) ©WikiC – Video IBC
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) by M Wagner – Video IBC
Western Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer) ©AGrosset – Video IBC
Eastern Rock Nuthatch (Sitta tephronota) ©WikiC
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis)  ©WikiC – Video IBC
Yellow-billed Nuthatch (Sitta solangiae) OBI
Sulphur-billed Nuthatch (Sitta oenochlamys) WorldBirds – Video IBC
Blue Nuthatch (Sitta azurea) by Ian – Video IBC
Giant Nuthatch (Sitta magna) OBI – Drawing ©WikiC
Beautiful Nuthatch (Sitta formosa) ©AGrosset

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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
©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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