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Species of Thailand

Chestnut-bellied nuthatch

Sitta cinnamoventris, Edward Blyth, 1842

(In Thai: นกไต่ไม้ท้องสีเม็ดมะขาม)

The chestnut-bellied nuthatch (Sitta cinnamoventris) belongs to the family Sittidae.

It is found in the Indian Subcontinent occurring in the countries of India, Tibet Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.

It is found in subtropical or tropical forest], that are dry or moist forests, and in montane and lowland forests.

This species is very similar to the Burmese nuthatch but it has a heavier bill, the crown and mantle are of the same shade. The wing and tail markings show contrasting markings; silvery-edge to primaries, blackish inner webs to tertials and tail with large white spots in the tail. Rasmussen and Anderton (2005) established the Chestnut-bellied nuthatch is different from the Indian nuthatch and the Burmese nuthatch. White on ear coverts does not extend into chin unlike in the Indian nuthatch. Race almorae of Nepal and NW Himalayas has paler underparts; race koelzi of the eastern Himalayas has the female darker than in other races. Resident from Murree Hills to the Uttaranchal foothills extending to the Assam Valley, Arunachal Pradesh into the Lushai Hills.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Sitta cinnamoventris

Common names

  • Thai: นกไต่ไม้ท้องสีเม็ดมะขาม

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (ONEP)

Data Deficient (IUCN3.1)

Data Deficient (BCST)


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Chestnut-bellied nuthatch

Range Map

Distribution map of Chestnut-bellied nuthatch, Sitta cinnamoventris in Thailand
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
Range map of Sitta cinnamoventris in Thailand