European nuthatch / Kleiber (Sitta europaea)

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Kleiber schwaendi. 2020-04-04 15.28.00 Luppmen
Classification: Genus Sitta; Family Sittidae
Vocalization: Other: Eurasian Nuthatch is very vocal. It gives loud calls when excited, an abrupt ‘twit”, only one, or in slow series, but often in phrases of 3-4 notes in rapid succession. But in great excitement, it utters phrases of about ten notes per second! We can also hear some shrill “sirrrr”, becoming harsher in alarm call. The contact call is a thin “tsit” uttered before to take off. The song is very variable, with rising and falling notes, sometimes with repetition of excitement calls. [Link]
Very varied voice. [Link]
Song: Song a simple series of loud notes. [Link]
Calls: The Eurasian nuthatch calls frequently, usually with a loud, sharp dwip normally repeated twice, sometimes more often if excited. It has a shrill sirrrr or tsi-si-si alarm call, and a thin tsit pre-flight call. The song is a slow whistled pee-pee-pee with many variants, including a faster version, and may be intermingled with the call. [Link]
Other: Very varied voice. Ranging from very high pitched whistles and melodic resonant calls, to chattering and nasal mocking sounds. Song a simple series of loud notes. Characteristic warning call a hard "check" or "chwit", often in rapid series, like a pebble bouncing on hollow ice. [Link]
Ranging from very high pitched whistles and melodic resonant calls, to chattering and nasal mocking sounds. Characteristic warning call a hard "check" or "chwit", often in rapid series, like a pebble bouncing on hollow ice. [Link]
Physical details: length=14 cm, wingspan=22-27 cm, weight=21-26 g
Song: Song: Song a simple series of loud notes [Link]
Song attributes: Melody: one note, fast, Frequency: medium (1-5 KHz) Singing season: 02-01 - 07-31 Dawn chorus start, 10 minutes before dawn.
Calls: 1: A long fast sequence of notes - is it the 'twit' call mentioned above?
Long fast sequence, possibly 'twit' call.

Long fast sequence, possibly 'twit' call. Source: XENOCANTO (call)

A bird calling while moving up a pine tree (says recordist Nick Talbot).

A bird calling while moving up a pine tree (says recordist Nick Talbot). Source: XENOCANTO (call)


2: The Nuthatch whoop call is similar to that of the chaffinch. It repeats it about 4 times.
3: Recordist Stanislav Wroz says flight call.
Flight call in Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Yvelines, Île-de-France. Wikipedia describes a 'thin tsit pre-flight call'.

Flight call in Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Yvelines, Île-de-France. Wikipedia describes a 'thin tsit pre-flight call'. Source: XENOCANTO (flight call)


Call attributes: Call melody: one note, fast, Frequency: 2-3 KHz,
First documented observation : 2020-04-04

Kleiber im Wald Mesikon Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.06.42 Mesikon (song)

Additional Images


Kleiber. 2021-08-09 12.10.22

Kleiber am Aabach bei der Kulturfabrik. 2021-03-10 08.59.22 Pfäffikersee

Eurasian nuthatch silsersee. 2020-06-09 12.38.00 Sils

Kleiber schwaendi. 2020-04-04 15.28.00 Luppmen

Kleiber = pecker tit in schwaendi. 2020-04-04 07.28.56 Schwändi

Additional Audio


♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-07-20 15.43.23 Weisslingen (song?)

♫ 2021-07-03 08.05.14 (call)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-06-27 06.46.25 Wildhaus (song)

♫ 2021-04-09 11.44.20 (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-04-08 11.49.06 Gambarogno (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-04-03 15.22.35 Lugano (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2021-04-03 15.13.08 Lugano (song?)

♫ 2021-04-02 08.41.09 Carona (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-05-19 15.49.30 Luppmen (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.06.42 Mesikon (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.06.42 Mesikon (song?)

♫ Source: BirdNet 2020-04-12 12.06.22 Mesikon (song?)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (song?)


♫ Source: XENOCANTO (song?)


♫ Source: XENOCANTO (song?)


♫ Source: XENOCANTO (song?)

♫ Source: XENOCANTO (song?)


♫ Source: XENOCANTO (song?)