318. Sitta nagaensis

318. Sitta nagaensis.

Austen's Nuthatch.

Sitta nagaensis, Godw.-Aust. P. Z. S. 1874, p. 44; id. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt, ii, p. 157, pl. iv; Hume, Cat. no. 248 ter; Gadow, Cat. B. M. viii, p. 344.

Coloration. Male. The lores and a band through the eyes down the sides of the neck black; upper plumage slaty blue; wings dark brown edged with slaty blue, the tertiaries wholly of this colour; middle tail-feathers slaty blue; the next pair black, with some slaty at base and tip; the next black, tipped with slaty on the outer web and whitish on the inner ; the next two the same, with a broader white tip, subterminal on the inner web ; outermost feather the same, but with a white band on the outer web ; sides of the head and neck and the lower plumage grey; sides of the body rich chestnut; under tail-coverts white, tipped and edged with chestnut; under wing-coverts black, followed by a white patch at the base of the primaries visible only from below.

It is not known if the female differs from the male, but it probably will be found to do so.

Bill black above, grey below ; iris dark brown ; legs green-black ( Godwin-Austen).

Length about 5; tail 1.6; wing 3; tarsus .7; bill from gape .75.

Distribution. Procured by Godwin-Austen at Sopvomah in the Naga Hills, on the watershed, at 6000 feet. Several specimens were obtained at the time.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
318. Sitta nagaensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Austens Nuthatch
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Sitta nagaensis
Vol. 1
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