Meaning of sittella in English:


Pronunciation /sɪˈtɛlə/


(also sitella)
  • A small Australasian songbird of the nuthatch family, typically having a black cap or head.

    Genus Neositta, family Sittidae: two species, in particular the varied sittella (N. chrysoptera) of Australia

    ‘The sittellas often forage head-downward, and the tree-creepers climb up tree trunks seeking prey under the bark.’
    • ‘Despite similarities in appearance and behaviour, the Australian sittellas are not closely related to nuthatches.’
    • ‘The varied sittella has a grey body and breast, white head and tail tip and black wings and remaining parts of the body.’
    • ‘I was unable to find any more information on the Australian sittellas, especially a photograph’
    • ‘The sitellas are a family of small passerine birds found only in Australasia.’


Mid 19th century from modern Latin Sittella (former genus name), from Greek sittē ‘nuthatch’.