French: Sittelle de Chine German: Chinakleiber Spanish: Trepador chino
Other common names:
J. P. Verreaux
China north of Beijing
Subspecies and Distribution
S. v. bangsi
Stresemann, 1929 – NC China in NE Qinghai (Daban Shan), adjacent C & S Gansu (E Qilian Shan S to N Min Shan), extreme N Sichuan and W Ningxia (Helan Shan).
S. v. villosa
J. P. Verreaux, 1865 – NC & NE China from Ningxia (except W), E Gansu and S Shaanxi E to N Liaoning and C Jilin, S at least to mountains N of Beidaihe, Eastern Qing Tombs and Beijing Municipality.
S. v. corea
Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – Russian Far East (S Ussuriland S of 45° N, and possibly S Sakhalin), extreme N Korea (around Mt Paektu, in Changbai Shan, and scattered from N Hamgyong, Yanggang and Pyongan S to Pyongyang) and NE China (S Heilongjiang, S Jilin and S Liaoning).
11·5 cm; 8–11 g. A small nuthatch with dark cap and pale supercilium; slender, sharply pointed bill may give distinct uptilted effect owing to straight culmen.... read more
Three basic calls: type 1 is a prolonged, harsh, rasping “schraaa, schraaa” similar to... read more
In China inhabits coniferous forest, probably chiefly pine (Pinus) and spruce (Picea... read more
Food and feeding
Food in summer almost exclusively insects, in winter (through to at least May) pine seeds and other seeds also taken; young fed entirely... read more
Recorded in Apr, with nest-building in Mar, in NE China and Korea; normally single-brooded, perhaps occasionally a second brood (copulation... read more
Summer visitor in SE Russia (Ussuriland), arriving mid-May; regular on passage in May on Bol’... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in much of range; rare in Russia (Ussuriland). Status on Sakhalin I unclear, one record, in May 1983, of a pair near Yuzhno-... read more
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