113. Sitta europaea nagaensis

(113) Sitta europaea nagaensis Godw.-Aus.
Sitta europoea nagaensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 127.
This Nuthatch is found throughout the ranges South of the Brahmapootra and from there into the Chin and Kachin Hills. Harington says that in Eastern Burma it is restricted to hills over 5,000 feet, below which Sitta neglecta takes its place. This, however, is not quite porrect as that bird also is found over 5,000 feet, as well as much lower.
Harington obtained its nest and eggs from Kachins, with the parent birds captured on the nests, in April, whilst in June he saw a pair of birds “building.” These eggs, now in my collection, were said to hare been taken “from holes in trees, most nests lined with fur.” Two eggs in the Tancock collection, and taken by Capt. O. K. Tancock, were found at Sinlum Kaba, where Harington got his eggs, on the 20th April. A note on these eggs runs : “Nest and eggs of a Nuthatch taken by O. K. Tancock at Sinlum. Said to be Sitta nagaensis. The nest is merely a pad of fur, probably rat’s, which has evidently fitted into a hole in a tree, as scraps of dead wood and baric are adhering to the sides and bottom of the nest.”
The eggs are like all other Nuthatch eggs and the few taken have varied from very pale and feebly speckled specimens to others well marked and blotched.
Eight eggs average 18.6 x 13.8 mm. ; maxima 19.0 x 14.2 mm. ; minima 17.2 x 13.0 and 18.1 x 12.9 mm.
Harington, in one of his notes on his, own collection, says that these Nuthatcehes “select forest trees with holes in them for their nesting places,” and in another note he refers to seeing “a pair of birds about a large tree by a roadside in which they were evidently going to nest.” This was near Sinlum and probably a road running through forest.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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113. Sitta europaea nagaensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Austens Nuthatch
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Sitta nagaensis
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