Frequently with distinguishing word. Any of several passerine birds constituting the tropical American genus Tityra, typically having pale grey, white, and (in the male) black plumage, a large bill, and a grunting call. Also (in form Tityra): the genus itself.
Tityras and their relatives are now placed in their own family, Tityridae.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Tityra, genus name from Byzantine Greek τίτυρος, τιτύρας a kind of bird (attested in a glossary), perhaps from the same base as ancient Greek τιτιγόνιον, an insect like a cicada.