Definition of sittella in English:


Line breaks: sit|tella
Pronunciation: /sɪˈtɛlə
(also sitella)


A small Australasian songbird of the nuthatch family, typically having a black cap or head.
More example sentences
  • 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.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin Sittella (former genus name), from Greek sittē 'nuthatch'.

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