Nuthatch-Vanga Hypositta corallirostris

Satoshi Yamagishi, Masahiko Nakamura, David Christie, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 2.0 — Published July 16, 2020


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There is very little information on the breeding biology of Nuthatch-Vanga; only one nest has been described in any detail, although a few other nests have been photographed. The eggs are undescribed, and there is no information on nestling development or parental care.


Egg-laying probably extends at least from August to October, based on female specimens from August that were assessed as laying (20), and of birds incubating or brooding nests in October (22, ). A juvenile accompanying an adult was noted in February (29).

Nest Site

Site Characteristics

The few known nests were placed in a vertical fissures or shallow cavity on the vertical trunk of a tree (22, 31, ). One nest as 6 m above the ground in a tree with a dbh (diameter at breast height) of 40 cm (22).


Structure and Composition

The nest is a cup; the dimensions of one nest were 4-5 cm deep, and it was made of tree-fern fibers, lined with a few dead leaves (22). Photographs suggest that nests also may be made with live and dead mosses; there also is a report of a female collecting and flying off with moss, presumably to use as nest material (1). No other information.


The eggs are undescribed.

Recommended Citation

Yamagishi, S., M. Nakamura, D. A. Christie, and T. S. Schulenberg (2020). Nuthatch-Vanga (Hypositta corallirostris), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.nuthat2.02