Alternative name: Wood Nuthatch
- Sitta europaea
Includes: Siberian Nuthatch
12–17 cm (4¾-6¾ in)
- Blue grey upperparts
- Black eyestripe
- White below
- Chestnut vent
- Short tail
There are 23 subspecies:
- S. e. caesia: underparts rusty-red, vent dark reddish-brown
- S. e. europaea: Scandinavia and Russia to Volga and Vyatka basins and Ukraine
- S. e. asiatica: White supercillium and sometimes a white forehead
- S. e. arctica: North-central Siberia to Anadyr River (eastern Russia) - sometimes split as Siberian Nuthatch
- S. e. hispaniensis: Iberian Peninsula
- S. e. atlas: Morocco
- S. e. cisalpina: southern Switzerland (south of the Alps), mainland Italy, Sicily, and western coastal Balkans, south to southwestern Montenegro
- S. e. levantina: Western Asia Minor, Levant and southern Turkey (east to Euphrates River)
- S. e. caucasica: Northern and north-eastern Turkey, Caucasus region and Transcaucasia
- S. e. rubiginosa: South-eastern Transcaucasia (Talyshskiye and Gory mountains) to northern Iran
- S. e. persica: Zagros Mountains (south-western Iran)
- S. e. seorsa: North-western China (eastern Tien Shan Mountains of northern Xinjiang)
- S. e. sakhalinensis: Sakhalin (Russia)
- S. e. takatsukasai: southern Kuril Islands (Iturup and Urup)
- S. e. clara: southern Kuril Islands (Kunashir and Shikotan) and northern Japan (Hokkaido)
- S. e. baicalensis: southeastern Siberia, from region south and east of Lake Baikal, east to the Sea of Okhotsk and northeastern China
- S. e. albifrons: northeastern Russia (southern Koryak Highlands and the Kamchatka Peninsula) and northern Kuril Islands (Paramushir)
- S. e. amurensis: South-eastern Russia to north-eastern China, Korea and Honshu (northern Japan)
- S. e. roselia: Southern Japan (south-eastern Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu)
- S. e. bedfordi: Cheju-Do Islands (Korea)
- S. e. hondoensis: central and southern Japan (Honshu, Shikoku, and northern Kyushu)
- S. e. sinensis: Central and eastern China
- S. e. formosana: Taiwan
Note: subspecies nebulosa, with range “S China (lowlands of s Yunnan)” is no longer recognzied. It is a junior synonym of nagaensis, a subspecies of Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Breeds in mixed and deciduous woods and parkland.
They travel head-first down trees and are often seen on the underside of branches. They also hang upside down in trees.
It nests in holes, lined with grass and bark, in old trees. The clutch consists of 5-8 white, red speckled eggs.
A monogamous and territorial species. The size of the nest entrance is often reduced by plasterng with mud. Sometimes the interior is also plastered to protect against wind and rain.
The diet includes insects, seeds and nuts. Visits garden feeders in winter. Will store food in the autumn for retrieval in the winter months.
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