French: Sittelle bleue German: Schwarzbauchkleiber Spanish: Trepador azur
“no locality” = Mount Ardjuno, east Java
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. expectata
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1914) – extreme S Thailand (Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary), Peninsular Malaysia (in hills and mountains S to Selangor and Pahang) and Sumatra (Barisan Range).
S. a. nigriventer
(Robinson & Kloss, 1919) – W Java.
S. a. azurea
Lesson, 1830 – E Java.
13·5 cm. A medium-sized nuthatch, usually appearing strikingly black and white with conspicuous pale eyering, and with complex wing pattern. Nominate race in fresh... read more
Common calls a mellow “tup” or “tip”, an abrupt “whit”, a thin... read more
Lower montane forest and taller upper montane forest. Recorded at c. 820–1960 m in Malay... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects. Occurs in pairs or in parties of up to seven individuals, usually associated with mixed-species flocks; foraging parties... read more
Poorly known. Collecting nest material (fine stems) on 1st Feb and recently fledged juveniles observed in late Jun and early Jul in Malay... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common. Somewhat local owing to habitat requirements; on mainland, found in S Thailand only at Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary (... read more
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