Monday, March 16, 2015

Nuthatches of Similipal

  • Presence of Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis)  and Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (Sitta cinnamoventris is common across all the Ranges.
  • Mostly seen in the Sal dominated forests compared to the Miscellaneous type of forests.
  • Both the species are invariably seen as part of mixed hunting parties.
  • Average flock size of Velvet fronted type is around 6-8 compared to 2-3 of the Chestnut bellied type.
  • Velvet fronted is more common compared to the Chestnut bellied type.

  Location: Nigirdha ; Range: Nawana (North)
Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch

  Location: Jamuna chaka ; Range:National Park
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch