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15cm. Grey-olive head, upper back and underparts, light rufous wings, tail and lower back. The bill is short and thin. The normal call is a fast, high-pitched trill wu-wu-wu-we-we-we-we-ee-ee-ee-ee-we-we-we-we.
It is the only member of the genus Sittasomus, but the taxon includes several vocally and morphologically distinct froms, so this species may be split in the future.
15 subspecies are recognized:
Forests and other woodland.
It builds a nest lined with dead leaves in a natural tree hole (not old woodpecker hole), and lays 3 white eggs. Usually, only one parent tends the young.
The diet includes insects and spiders. It normally forages on tree trunks or large branches or on the ground, usually alone.
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