June 5, 2017- Corsican Nuthatch (Sitta whiteheadi)

Found only on the island of Corsica, in France, these nuthatches depend on the endemic Corsican Pine. They eat insects and spiders during the summer and pine seeds in the winter, caching the seeds behind bark or lichen in autumn. Nesting in large Corsican Pine trees, pairs excavate nest cavities together, sometimes reusing those made by woodpeckers. They use pine needles, wood chips, bark, hair, feathers, moss, lichen, and plant fibers to build the nests. Females incubate the eggs and pairs defend their territories all year. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to destruction and fragmentation of their pine forest habitats, mostly from fires and logging.


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