Today's new species in our 2019 Birdorable Bonanza is a colorful member of the nuthatch family: the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch! Nuthatches typically have a muted plumage, with a mix of black, white, and slate often in the mix. This bird doesn't follow that... Read more »
Velvet-fronted Nuthatches have a distinctive plumage, different from the more typical neutral colors found on other nuthatch species. Their bright blue upperparts, bright red bill, and yellow eye all make for unmistakable identification.
Velvet-fronted Nuthatches feed mainly on insects and spiders. They forage by walking up and down tree trunks in search of food.
Details & Statistics
The Velvet-fronted Nuthatch is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.