Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Bahama Nuthatch|
|French||Sittelle des Bahamas|
|Spanish||Trepador de Las Bahamas|
|Spanish (Mexico)||Bajapalos de las Bahamas|
|Spanish (Spain)||Trepador de las Bahamas|
Steven G. Mlodinow revised and standardized the account's content with Clements taxonomy. Peter F. D. Boesman contributed to the Sounds and Vocal Behavior page. Arnau Bonan Barfull curated the media.
Sitta insularis Bond, J, 1931
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Bahama Nuthatch Sitta insularis Scientific name definitions
Version: 1.0 — Published September 17, 2021
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Conservation and Management
Effects of Human Activity
See Population Status above.
Critically endangered, perhaps extinct.
Measures Proposed And Taken
If the Bahama Nuthatch still survives, large tracts of mature, fire-maintained forest must be preserved, as significant fragmentation degrades the ecosystem (1, 74). As seemingly suitable habitat remained when there was more than a handful of Bahama Nuthatches extant (26), either our understanding of what constitutes suitable habitat is lacking or other factors are limiting the population. Determining what defines proper habitat for the Bahama Nuthatch would be critical in preserving the species (if it still exists) as would be discerning other factors that limit nuthatch numbers. Undoubtedly, programs to limit (or eliminate) introduced predators (see Predation), especially in mature pine woods, would be beneficial as would be eliminating (or limiting) the number of European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), which are potential competitors for nest sites. If any Bahama Nuthatches remain, and their location can not be protected, translocation to apparently suitable habitat on public land should be undertaken (1) as has been successful in the Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sitta pusilla (11). Education of the public, local businesses, and members of the Bahamian government would be critical to the success of any plan being successful.
Effectiveness Of Measures
No measures taken to date.