Family Nuthatches (Sittidae)


White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta victoriae)


French: Sittelle du Victoria German: Weißbrauenkleiber Spanish: Trepador birmano

Sitta victoriæ


, 1904,

Mount Victoria, Chin Hills, Myanmar


Formerly considered conspecific with S. himalayensis, which see. Small size and prominent white supercilium suggest possible affinity with S. yunnanensis, but present species is unsampled for its DNA#R. Monotypic.


Mt Victoria and nearby Mindat (Natmataung National Park, S Chin Hills) in W Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm. A small nuthatch with tiny, spike-like bill. Has forehead and narrow supercilium (to rear of ear-coverts) whitish, crown to rump dull blue-grey, nape and... read more


Calls include “pee”, variably insistent and tooting or less emphatic (and then... read more


Oak-rhododendron (Quercus-Rhododendron) forest. On Mt Victoria from 2285 m to... read more

Food and feeding

Food small insects. Usually found singly or in pairs, only occasionally in small flocks of up to four individuals. Tends to forage on outer... read more


Nest-building observed on 12th Mar, and nests with chicks recorded in early Apr. Three nests known, the first built by female over period... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restrictedrange species: present in Eastern ­Himalayas EBA. Global population estimated at 2500–9999 individuals, all within area of 820 km²;... read more

Recommended citation

Harrap, S. (2020). White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta victoriae). 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 on 6 April 2020).