Varied Sittella
Female, back
Ellura
Varied Sittella
Female feeding juvenile
 
    
Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera ssp pileata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Sittella (Neosittidae)
Species: Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera ssp pileata)
This Photo:     Female, sitting in nest

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Ours are the "Black-capped Race"
Often upside down. Very pretty black & white chequered rump. Yellow legs, beak and eye-ring.
Orange stripe on its wings when flying.
Upturned beak.
Female is actually prettier than the male.

Copyright © 2009- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Oct-2009
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)