Friday, November 12, 2010

Birdlife of Bahamas 2006

The Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla, is a small (approximately 8.9 cm in length) songbird found in pine forests throughout the South-eastern United States.  The bird possesses a sharp black nail-like beak, which it uses to pound open seeds. This species of nuthatch sports a brown cap with narrow black eyeline and buff white cheeks chin, and belly. Its wings are bluish-gray in color. A small white spot is found at the nape of the neck.

It is a frequent visitor to feeding stations and is highly fond of sunflower seeds .Bold and inquisitive, this bird is readily approachable by humans. The bird is frequently observed using a small chip of bark held in its beak as a tool to dig for insects.

An endangered population occurs in the pineyards of Grand Bahama. Population surveys conducted on Grand Bahamas in 2004 suggest this species is endangered, with hundreds to possibly a few thousand individuals remaining. These birds require mature, fire-maintained stands of Caribbean Pine and face serious threats associated with accelerated development, potential logging, invasive species (including snakes, cats, raccoons, and competing cavity-nesting birds), and catastrophic storm damage.

Bahamas Post collaborated with Birdlife International issued the stamps on year 2006.

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