Western Rock Nuthatch Sitta neumayer
Rock Nuthatch, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image Delphi, Greece
November 2002

The Western Rock Nuthatch is distributed in the Balkans along the Adriatic coast, in Greece, Bulgaria, the Caucasus, Turkey and south to Israel. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found on mountains and hills, mainly limestone, in dry, scrubby vegetation.

Rock Nuthatch, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image In summer it feeds mainly on insects while in winter it feeds on seeds and snails. It is very much a bird of the ground and rocks.

Compared to the Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea, it has a slightly longer bill and is a paler reddish-buff on the flanks. Habitat and behaviour are good indicators for this species.

Rock Nuthatch, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image
Rock Nuthatch, Delphi, Greece, November 2002 - click for larger image
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