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(Austral) any of various small generally black-and-white birds of the genus Neositta, having a straight sharp beak and strong claws used to run up trees in search of insects: family Sittidae (nuthatches) Also called tree-runner
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C19: from New Latin, the diminutive of sitta, from Greek sittē nuthatch
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any of about seven species of Australasian birds of the genus Neositta, usually placed in the nuthatch family, Sittidae, but sometimes in the family Neosittidae. They resemble nuthatches in build-short-tailed and large-footed-and in behaviour, but they are more or less streaked and make cup nests in forked twigs

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