French: Sittelle des Philippines German: Philippinenkleiber Spanish: Trepador filipino
Subspecies and Distribution
S. o. mesoleuca
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1894) – NW Luzon (W Cordillera Range), in N Philippine Is.
S. o. isarog
Rand & Rabor, 1967 – Luzon (except NW).
S. o. oenochlamys
(Sharpe, 1877) – WC Philippines (Panay, Guimaras, Negros and Cebu).
S. o. lilacea
(J. Whitehead, 1897) – EC Philippines (Samar, Biliran and Leyte).
S. o. apo
(Hachisuka, 1930) – Mindanao (except Zamboanga Peninsula), in S Philippines.
S. o. zamboanga
Rand & Rabor, 1957 – W Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula), Basilan and East Bolod I.
12·5 cm; 16·3–16·4 g (isarog). A medium-small nuthatch with yellow bill, iris and eyering, black forecrown, and violet-blue upperparts... read more
Calls includes a full “chit” and thinner, ringing “sit”, often in series as... read more
Pine (Pinus) and evergreen forests and forest edge, also clearings, relict patches of... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects and spiders (Araneae). Found singly, in pairs and in small groups, occasionally in flocks of up to 20 individuals; often joins... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Jan and Mar–May, and breeding recorded in Cebu in mid-Jun (most Philippine passerines breed in period... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in suitable habitat. Although rampant forest destruction in Philippines has no doubt greatly reduced the total population,... read more
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