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White-tailed Nuthatch or Himalayan Nuthatch

Sitta himalayensis


Another elusive bird whose habits have not been well documented. 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.


It ranges across the northern and northeastern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, existing mainly in the low-to-middle Himalayas, as well as associated mountain ranges. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.It breeds from March to May in broad-leaved and mixed forest.


I saw it at Kolakham in Neora Valley National Park area of West Bengal, India

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West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 24, 2015
Submitted on Apr 8, 2015

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