Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch
Sitta castanea

The Birds of Asia
Vol.2 - Plate No. 44

Length: 12 cm

The Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch is found in the forests of India to Vietnam as residents. As their name indicates, the male's belly is coloured a bright chestnut colour, but the female's belly is dark brown. There are two males and one female in this illustration. This scene depicts the birds scaring a Barn Owl sleeping inside the hollow of a tree. Song birds often chase or scare owls in the daytime. Traditional belief in Japan holds that they are doing this in revenge of harm done to them by owls during the night.