Alternative name: Black-masked Nuthatch
- Sitta yunnanensis
12cm. A small nuthatch.
- Slender, slightly upturned bill
- Narrow white supercilium
- Broad long black eyestripe
- Blue-grey upperparts
- White throat
- Pinkish-buff underparts
- Grey feet
- Brown iris
Sexes similar. Juveniles have a less bold eyestripe.
Found in southern China from extreme southeast Tibet to Sichuan, Yunnan and western Guizhou.
A locally common restricted-range species. Threatened by logging and forest fires.
This is a monotypic species.1
Mature pine forest, with little undergrowth.
Occurs from 2440 to 3400m.
Little information about diet. Feeds on insects.
Forage often among needle clusters of pines like a tit.
Breeding poorly known. Juveniles are found from May onwards.
A resident species.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453
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