Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

About the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

The Velvet-fronted Nuthatch is a colorful species of nuthatch found in central and southern parts of Asia. Their preferred habitat is forest, from mangrove to deciduous to evergreen.

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 09 December 2019
Scientific Name
Sitta frontalis
  • Passeriformes
  • Sittidae
  • Sitta
  • S. frontalis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 5.3 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 绒额䴓
Czech (Cesky) brhlík červenozobý
Danish (Dansk) Fløjlspandet Spætmejse
Dutch (Nederlands) Pluchekapboomklever
Finnish (Suomi) mustaotsanakkeli
French (Français) Sittelle veloutée
German (Deutsch) Samtstirnkleiber
Italian (Italiano) Picchio muratore vellutato
Japanese (日本語) ビロウドゴジュウカラ [biroudogojuukara]
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødnebbspettmeis
Polish (Polski) kowalik krasnodzioby
Russian (русский язык) Чернолобый поползень
Spanish (Español) Trepador Piquirrojo
Swedish (Svenska) rödnäbbad nötväcka
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