Order Passeriformes

Family Neosittidae

Sittellas
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General
  • Small, dumpy passerines with short tail, disproportionately long and broad wings, dagger-shaped or slightly upturned bill, and rather short legs with long toes; one species mostly black, the other brown and white with variable streaking.
  • Australia and New Guinea.
  • Forest and woodland, one species in montane rainforest.
  • 10-14 cm.
  • 1 genus, 2 species, 14 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Noske, R. (2017). Sittellas (Neosittidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52338 on 27 March 2017).