Family Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Endangered

Bahama Nuthatch (Sitta insularis)


Taxonomy

French: Sittelle des Bahamas German: Bahamakleiber Spanish: Trepador de las Bahamas
Taxonomy:

Sitta pusilla insularis

J. Bond

, 1931,

High Rock Settlement, Grand Bahama

.

Until recently considered conspecific with S. pusilla, but differs in its darker brown facial stripe (1); much longer bill (at least 2); considerably shorter wings (at least 1); and unique call, a rapid high “warble”, which is apparently the principal vocalization#R (3)#R. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Distribution:

Bahamas (Grand Bahama).

Descriptive notes

c. 10·5 cm; 9·8–10·1 g. Small nuthatch with brown crown, bluish-grey upperparts, white patch on hindneck and dull whitish underparts with tinge of... read more

Voice

A short swallow-like warble.

Habitat

Mature Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea) forests. Favours pure stands of pines over other... read more

Food and feeding

Forages primarily for insects and other invertebrates by climbing up and down trunks of pines, often working upside-down; feeds alone or in... read more

Breeding

Very few data. A nest was found in Apr. Juveniles have been collected in Jan, Feb and Jun, with juveniles exhibiting food-begging behaviour... read more

Movements

Presumably largely sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: found only in Bahamas EBA. Confined to Grand Bahama (Bahama Is), where rare with few recent records. Fairly common in late 1960s... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2018). Bahama Nuthatch (Sitta insularis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1343988 on 19 October 2018).