Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Yunnan Nuthatch (Sitta yunnanensis) - HBW 13, p. 136

French: Sittelle du Yunnan German: Yünnankleiber Spanish: Trepador de Yunán
Other common names: Black-masked Nuthatch

Taxonomy: Sitta yunnanensis Ogilvie-Grant, 1900, near Wei Yuan, south Yunnan, China.
Usually considered a member of a species group that contains also S. whiteheadi, S. ledanti, S. krueperi, S. villosa and S. canadensis, and all sometimes thought to form a superspecies; differs, however, from others of group in that crown of male is concolorous with upperparts. Alternatively, sometimes thought to represent a link between that group and the “S. europaea superspecies” (containing also S. nagaensis, S. cashmirensis, S. castanea, S. cinnamoventris and S. neglecta), but as yet no DNA.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Sitta yunnanensis Ogilvie-Grant, 1900, near Wei Yuan, south Yunnan, China.
Usually considered a member of a species group that contains also S. whiteheadi, S. ledanti, S. krueperi, S. villosa and S. canadensis, and all sometimes thought to form a superspecies; differs, however, from others of group in that crown of male is concolorous with upperparts. Alternatively, sometimes thought to represent a link between that group and the “S. europaea superspecies” (containing also S. nagaensis, S. cashmirensis, S. castanea, S. cinnamoventris and S. neglecta), but as yet no DNA evidence to lend support to either argument. Monotypic.

Distribution: S China, from extreme SE Xizang (Zayu and Zhuwagen) E to S Sichuan (S from Yajiang) and S to W & C Yunnan and W Guizhou.