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Azerbaijan
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Passeriformes > Sittidae

Western Rock Nuthatch

Sitta neumayer

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Slightly larger than Eurasian Nuthatch. Bill is longer and stronger than Eurasian Nuthatch with paler underparts. It favors mountainous rocky habitats and is seen actively feeding on boulders and cliffs, not normally on trees like Eurasian Nuthatch. Eastern Rock Nuthatch is larger and heavier than Western Rock Nuthatch with a big bill and thicker black eye stripe. Builds a unique, huge mud nest that it sticks to cliffs and rocks and uses year-round. Song and call are a loud and bubbling series of descending whistles “Piu-piu-piu-piu…” or “Pi pi pi pu-pu-pu-pu…”

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