Tree-clinging Birds

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Tree-clinging Birds include mainly different species of Woodpeckers and Nuthatches.

These birds can perch on trees upright. Bird like Nuthatches can even perch upside-down. These species nest in cavities and they all use the tree holes. These can be natural holes OR old nest of other birds. These birds are typically omnivorous.

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Barbets

Total Records: 6

Barbets are usually birds of the inner forest. They are mainly solitary birds, eating insects and fruit. Figs are the most important fruit taken by Barbets. Large fig trees will attract several species of barbet. In addition to figs numerous other species of fruiting tree and bush are visited, an individual barbet may feed on as many as 60 different species in its range. They will also visit plantations and take cultivated fruit and vegetables. Fruit is eaten whole and indigestible material such as seed pits regurgitated later. Barbets are thought to be important agents in seed dispersal in tropical forests.

Nuthatches, Creepers

Total Records: 6

The Nuthatches are small passerine birds characterised by large heads, short tails, and powerful bills and feet. Nuthatches advertise their territory using loud, simple songs. Most species exhibit grey or bluish upperparts and a black eye stripe. Most nuthatches breed in the temperate or montane woodlands of the Northern Hemisphere. However, the greatest diversity is in Southern Asia, and similarities between the species have made it difficult to identify distinct species. All members of this genus nest in holes or crevices. Most species are non-migratory and live in their habitat year-round.

Nuthatches are omnivorous, eating mostly insects, nuts and seeds. They forage for insects hidden in or under bark by climbing along tree trunks and branches, sometimes upside-down. They forage within their territories when breeding, but may join mixed feeding flocks at other times. Their habit of wedging a large food item in a crevice and then hacking at it with their strong bills gives this group its English name.

Woodpeckers

Total Records: 64

The Woodpeckers are a family of near-passerine birds. Members of this family are found worldwide, except for Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar regions. Most species live in forests or woodland habitats, although a few species are known to live in treeless areas such as rocky hillsides and deserts. 

Many species are threatened or endangered due to loss of habitat or habitat fragmentation. Two species of woodpeckers, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the Imperial Woodpecker, have been considered extinct for about 30 years.