112. Sitta eastanea neglecta

(112) Sitta castanea neglecta Walden.
Sitta castaneiventris neglecta, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 126.
Sitta castanea neglecta, ibid. vol. viii, p. 598.
The Burmese Nuthatch is a breeding resident from the Bhamo and Kachin Hills to Muleyit Mountain in Tenasserim. It is also found in the Chin Hills but specimens obtained in this area somewhat approach the Cinnamon-bellied Nuthatch in the colour of the underparts, though, on the other hand, they are very small and in size about the same as the Burmese Nuthatch.
This Nuthatch is an early breeder, most birds having eggs in March, whilst others breed as late as the end of April. The first person to take the eggs was a Capt. Hare, who gave them to Major H. H. Harington. They were taken on the 22nd April and a note says : “No mud at entrance. Eggs on the point of hatching.” Then Hopwood took a beautiful set of six on the 21st March, 1912. This was taken from “a small hole in a Dipterocarpus tuberculatus at about 30 feet from the ground. The entrance was very small and there was no mud, whilst the nest consisted of just a few leaves with no fur or feathers.”
Later again Mackenzie took other nests which were more normal: “thin pads of grass and fibre with a super-pad of blue-grey fur like the underfur of a langur, a few feathers and in one case fragments of cast snake skin.” In one nest there was a little mud round the
nest-hole, in the other none ; this was the more curious as the entrance-hole was about 3 inches across.
The average of fifteen eggs is 18.8 x 13.9 mm. : maxima 19.4 x 14.1 mm. ; minima 16.2 x 13.4 mm.
Except for being smaller, as we should expect, the eggs are just like those of the other races.

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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Burmese Nuthatch
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