Order Passeriformes

Family Sittidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Wallcreeper (Tichodromidae). See link for information on this group.
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  • Small to medium-sized arboreal passerines with short tail, short rounded wings, and medium-long dagger-like bill; plumage grey or bluish above, with blackish eyestripe, and whitish with variable buff, chestnut or lilac below.
  • Palearctic and Oriental Regions, with four species in Nearctic Region.
  • Forest, woodland, parks and gardens; two species in bare rocky areas, cliffs, ravines and gorges.
  • 10-19 cm.
  • 3 genera, 32 species, 100 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Harrap, S. & Bonan, A. (2019). Nuthatches (Sittidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52341 on 11 December 2019).