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Books about Nuthatches

The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Sittidae
Genus: Sitta

In the UK:

Eurasian Nuthatch
Sitta europaea


There are another 26 species of nuthatches (genus Sitta) worldwide:


The Nuthatches

Erik Matthysen

Illustrations: David Quinn



This book focuses primarily on the European Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) but also provides comparative information on the other species. The contents are: introducing the nuthatches; the Eurasian Nuthatch: taxonomy, morphology and moult; habitat and population densities; foraging; food and hoarding; the pair and its territory; breeding biology; finding a territory; dispersal and migration; population dynamics; Nuthatches in forest fragments; Nuthatches of the world; the Mediterranean nuthatches; the Rock Nuthatches; Oriental Nuthatches and New World Nuthatches.

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Tits, Nuthatches & Treecreepers

Simon Harrap

Illustrations: David Quinn

Christopher Helm


"This guide covers all 110 of the world's species of tits, nuthatches and creepers. The Parulidae ("true" tits), Remizidae (penduline tits) and Aegithalidae (long-tailed tits) form the bulk of the book (78 species), with a further 24 species of nuthatch and eight creepers. The text covers each species under a number of headings: identification, sex and age, voice, distribution and movements, habitat, population, habits, breeding biology, description, movements, geographical variation, relationships, and references."

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Chickadees, Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers

Simon Harrap

Illustrations: David Quinn

Princeton University Press


"The chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and treecreepers include some of the best-known birds in the world. They also number among them some species so rare that they have been seen by only a handful of birdwatchers. This is the first guide to cover all of these families across the globe. The comprehensive text provides extensive information about each species, including identification, description, vocalisations, geographical distribution and variation, habits, habitats, breeding biology, and relationships. Beautifully drawn full-colour plates detail all of the species, and the book includes over 100 colour maps and additional line drawings. This is the only guide of its kind. It covers the many members of these popular bird families, which count among them chickadees, titmice, penduline tits, Verdin, Bushtit, longtailed tits, nuthatches, treecreepers and Wallcreeper. With its world-wide coverage, the book reaches far beyond Europe and North America to encompass the many exciting species to be found in Africa and Asia."

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Comparative Biosystematics and Life History of the Nuthatches Sitta Pygmaea and Sitta Pusilla

Robert Allen Norris

University Of California Publications In Zoology Vol 56

University of California Press


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Woodpeckers, Nuthatches And Creepers Of New Jersey

Leon Augustus Hausman

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station


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Catalogue Of The Passeriformes or Perching Birds In The Collection Of The British Museum

Cichlomorphae: Part V, containing the families Paridae and Lanidae (Titmice and Shrikes) and Cerithiomorphae (Creepers and Nuthatches)

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume VIII

Hans Gadow

9 colour plates: J. Smit

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Printed by Taylor & Francis



"The Eighth Volume of the 'Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum' contains an account of all the species of Titmice, Shrikes, Creepers, and Nuthatches known at present. It was prepared by Dr. H. Gadow, who has also completed the manuscript of the succeeding volume, which will contain the Cinnyrimorphae and is already in the press. The total number of species described amounts to 402, of which no less than 337 are in the British Museum; they are represented by 2944 examples. Of the principal donors I have to mention H. I. and R. Highness the Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, B. H. Hodgson, Esq., F. D. Godman, Esq., 0. Salvin, Esq., Capt. Stackhouse Pinwill, W. E. and C. G. Gates, Esqrs., H. Seebohm, Esq., Lord Walsingham, Capt. Shelley, and Lieut.-Col. Irby. In consequence of the author's departure from London, it was found necessary to intrust the correction of the proof-sheets, and especially the revision of the lists of specimens, to the experience of Mr, Sharpe ; but all corrections were submitted to the author for his approval before the sheets were sent to press."
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Last updated September 2013