282. Sitta whiteheadi

282. CORSICAN NUTHATCH.
SITTA WHITEHEADI.
Sitta whiteheadi, Sharpe, P.Z.S. 1884, p. 233, pl. xxxvi ; Whitehead, Ibis, 1885, pl. ii ; Dresser, ix. p. 133, pl. 062.
Male ad. (Corsica). Crown, nape, and a line passing over the ear-coverts deep black ; superciliary stripe, sides of head, and under parts white ; upper parts and central tail-feathers pale slate-blue, the latter with black subterminal Lands ; remaining tail-feathers black, tipped with white ; quills blackish, externally margined with slate-blue ; bill blackish, light blue at the base ; legs plumbeous ; iris brown. Culmen 0.7, wing 2.8, tail 1.6, tarsus 0.8 inch. The female differs in being duller and having the crown slate-grey tinged with black.
Hab. Corsica, where it is resident.
In general habits it resembles the other Nuthatches, and fre¬quents woods and groves. Its call-note is a soft whistle re¬peated quickly many times, often ending with a peculiar hissing sound, sch-wer, sch-wer. It is tame and fearless, only moving a short distance away when the nest is attacked. It excavates its nest in a rotten bough or tree trunk like Kruper’s Nuthatch, lining the hole with fine bark strips, moss, feathers, and hair, and in May deposits 5 or 6 white eggs, thickly speckled with deep red, in size about, equal to those of Parus major, resem¬bling those of Sitta krueperi, but rather smaller and more boldly marked.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
282. Sitta whiteheadi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
282
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
190
Common name: 
Corsican Nuthatch
M_ID: 
26419
M_CN: 
Corsican Nuthatch
M_SN: 
Sitta whiteheadi
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10173

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