Sitta castaneiventris, Franklin.
250. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 386.
THE CHESNUT-BELLIED NUTHATCH.
Length, 5.5; wing, 3.1 ; tail, 1.7 ; bill at front, 0.68.
Bill horny-black ; irides brown ; legs plumbeous.
Above greyish-plumbeous, lightest on the head and nape; stripe from the gape, through the eyes, to the nape, black; quills, with the inner webs of the feathers, black; throat and face white; breast and under tail-coverts, with the abdomen, deep chesnut bay in the male, dark cinnamon color' .in the female; the tail has the two central feathers grey, the rest blackish; the outermost three on each side with large white spots on the inner webs near the tip ; the outermost of all has also a spot on the outer web near the base ; the two next the uropygials are grey at the tip and on the outer web.
The Chesnut-bellied Nuthatch occurs in most of the jungles of Central India; it is much more common on the Vindhian Range.