Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Giant Nuthatch (Sitta magna) - HBW 13, p. 144

French: Sittelle géante German: Riesenkleiber Spanish: Trepador Gigante

Taxonomy: Sitta magna R. G. W. Ramsay, 1876, Karenni, Myanmar.
Affinities unclear; possibly closer to Palearctic “S. europaea group” than to the brightly coloured predominantly tropical S. azurea and S. formosa. Races presumed to intergrade in S China (SW Yunnan). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ligea Deignan, 1938 - S China in extreme S Sichuan (Yanyuan and Miyi), W & S Yunnan (S to Longpeng and S Xishuangbanna) and extreme SW Guizhou (Xingyi, near Qianxinan).
  • magna R. G. W. Ramsay, 1876 - C & E Myanmar (S from Mogok hills, E from Menetaung range and Kalaw, to Mt Nattaung, in N Karen), adjacent S China (SW Yunnan) and NW Thailand.