French: Sittelle géante German: Riesenkleiber Spanish: Trepador gigante
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. ligea
Deignan, 1938 – S China in extreme S Sichuan (Yanyuan and Miyi), W & S Yunnan (S to Longpeng and S Xishuangbanna) and extreme SW Guizhou (Xingyi, near Qianxinan).
S. m. magna
Wardlaw-Ramsay, 1876 – C & E Myanmar (S from Mogok Hills, E from Menetaung Range and Kalaw, to Mt Nattaung, in N Karen), adjacent S China (SW Yunnan) and NW Thailand.
19·5 cm; 36–47 g (ligea). Largest nuthatch, comparatively long-billed and long-tailed, with bold broad black eyestripes (can impart hooded appearance); in flight... read more
Calls loud and conspicuous. Commonest call, repeated frequently during foraging, a distinctive very... read more
Closely associated with mature pines (Pinus). Open hill evergreen forest of oak-chestnut... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects and berries. Usually found singly or in pairs, seldom in flocks (in spring), but in S China (Yunnan) recorded in autumn and... read more
Poorly known. In Myanmar (S Shan State), a nest found in early Apr was a pad of material similar to that used by congeners, placed in... read more
Resident; little evidence of altitudinal movement, but some suggestion of withdrawal from higher... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Uplisted from Vulnerable in 2013. Uncommon to rare. Global population estimated at 1,500–2,800 individuals in total and declining, and estimated global... read more
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