Genus SITTA

The characters of this, the only genus of Nuthatches represented in India, are the same as those of the family.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper plumage uniform bluish.
a1. Middle pair of tail-feathers white at base……………S. himalayensis, p.300.
b1. Middle pair of tail-feathers uniform, without any white.
a2. Lateral tail-feathers with white spots.
a3. Under tail-coverts white, tipped with chestnut.
a4. Lower plumage chestnut.
a5. The chestnut of the lower plumage of uniform colour from throat to vent……………S. cinnamomeiventris,
b5. The chestnut of the lower parts paler on the throat and breast than on the abdomen……………S. neglecta, p. 301. [p. 301.
b4. Lower plumage grey……………S. nagaensis, p. 302.
b3. Under tan-coverts chestnut, tipped with white……………S. magna, p. 303.
c3. Under tail-coverts chestnut, cen¬tred with ashy ; no white.
c4. Lower plumage paler; size large, wing 33 ……………S. kashmirensis, p. 303.
d4. Lower plumage darker; size email, wing under 3……………S. castaneiventris, p. 304.
b2. Lateral tail-feathers without white spots; marked with rufous……………S. tephronota, p. 305.
b. Upper plumage slaty blue ; crown black……………S. leucopsis, p. 306.
c. Crown and back black, streaked with brilliant blue……………S. formosa, p. 300.
d. Upper plumage uniform purplish blue; forehead black……………S. frontalis, p. 307.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus SITTA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
299
M_ID: 
26375
M_SN: 
Sitta
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
436

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