Sitta magna Ramsay, 1876.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Sitelle gйante; German: Riesenkleiber; Spanish: Sita Gigante.
8 in (20 cm), with a short tail. The back is colored blue-gray, the crown blue-gray, undersides light gray with chestnut beneath tail, throat white, and with a black line through the eye.
Occurs in southwestern China, east-central Myanmar, and northwestern China.
Occurs in open montane forest with pines present or dominant, at altitudes of 3,900–8,200 ft (1,200–2,500 m) or higher.
Occurs as pairs that defend a breeding territory. Does not migrate. Occurs in mixed-species flocks with tits (or chickadees) and other nuthatch species in the nonbreeding season. The song is a series of loud trisyllabic calls.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Gleans invertebrates from tree bark and foliage and also eats fruits and seeds in winter.
Pairs nest in a tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs but both sexes feed the young.
A rare species that is listed as Vulnerable. This species is much reduced in abundance and range. It has been greatly affected by habitat loss caused by agricultural disturbance and conversion and by fuelwood harvesting. Its remaining critical habitats must be protected.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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