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Yunnan Nuthatch Sitta yunnanensis  
Yunnan Nuthatch
Photographer : © Jainy Kuriakose
Location :Helmet Top, Walong, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Date : 13 March 2014
English synonyms:Black-masked Nuthatch
Bird Family :Sittinae - Nuthatches
Red Data Status :Near Threatened
Remarks :Apparently the first record of this species for India. Up to now regarded as endemic to SW China.

We were walking down from Helmet Top to practically look for the Black-browed Tit when we heard some birds calling high up from the Pine trees. Thanks to Chewang Bonpo for immediately spotting this bird and identifying it as some "nuthatch". After half an hour or so, further down, we again came across a flock of them and got excellent close views too. - JK