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Alternative name: Rock Nuthatch

Sitta neumayer



  • Dark grey upperparts
  • Long strong black eyestripe
  • White throat and underparts shading to buff on the belly

Sexes are similar
Young birds are slightly duller versions of the adults.


Serbia east through Greece and Turkey to Iran.



  • S. n. neumayer :
  • Balkan Peninsula
  • S. n. syriaca:
  • S. n. rupicola:
  • S. n. tschitscherini:
  • Zagros Mountains (south-western Iran)
  • S. n. plumbea:
  • South-central Iran (mountains of southern Kerman Province)


Bare rocks, especially in mountainous areas.



The diet includes insects and spiders in summer, seeds and snails in winter.


It builds a flask-shaped nest from mud, dung and hair or feathers, lined with softer materials and the entrance is sealed with mud, in a rock crevice, cave, or under an overhang on a rock face. Decorative items may be pushed into crevices and cracks near the entrance to the nest. 4-10 white, speckled with yellow, eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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