Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
(Tyrannidae; Ϯ Bright-rumped Attila A. spadiceus) Attila (406-453) ruler of the Hunnish tribes that ravaged Europe in the fifth century, who revelled in the appelation “Scourge of God.” The Bright-rumped Attila was given this epithet because of its aggressive behaviour and tyrant flycatcher-like appearance and affinities; "CXVII.e Genre ATTILA; Attila. Bec triangulaire, alongé, dilaté à la base, à fosses nasales profondes, triangulaires, couvertes d'une membrane, séparées par l'arête, qui est saillante, arrondie, terminée en crochet aigu; mandibule supérieure comprimée vers l'extrémité, dentée; mandibule inférieure moins longue, à pointe vive, renflée en dessous; bouche ciliée; ailes alongées, à troisième rémige la plus longue; queue ample; élargie, presque rectiligne; tarses alongées, scutellés. ATTILA BRÉSILIEN; Attila brasiliensis. Le Tyran olive, Mus. de Paris. ... Du Brésil." (Lesson 1831); "Attila Lesson, 1831, Traité Ornith., p. 360. Type, by monotypy, Attila brasiliensis Lesson = Muscicapa spadicea Gmelin." (Snow in Peters 1979, VIII, 186).
Synon. Dasycephala, Dasyopsis, Poliochrus, Pseudattila.
(syn. Attila Ϯ Rufous-tailed Attila A. phoenicurus) Gr. ψευδος pseudos false; genus Attila Lesson, 1830, attila; "On the other hand, phoenicurus (which resembles cinnamomeus in general coloration except for the gray cap) goes even further and has the tarso-metatarsus as definitely exaspidean as some genera of the Tyrannidae, although the basal phalanges of the toes are slightly more coherent. The bill, furthermore, is still shorter, as are the feet, and the wing formula is noticeably different from that of all the remaining species of Attila. It may well be separated, therefore, as a new genus to which Attila cinnamomeus shows the nearest approach. It may be known as follows. PSEUDATTILA, NEW GENUS. ... TYPE. — Attila phoenicurus Pelzeln. ... The tarsal characteristics and wing-formula of Pseudattila are sufficient to separate it from Casiornis with which the shape of the bill suggests relationship. In Casiornis, wing and tarsus are much as in Attila. In wing, tarsus, and bill there is considerable similarity to Laniocera, but the toes are so greatly united at the base in Laniocera as to have caused that genus to be placed in the Pipridae by some authors, whereas in Pseudattila the toes are decidedly less united than in many Cotingidae. Whether this genus belongs in the Tyrannidae or in the Cotingidae must await study of internal features. The genus Attila is in like predicament." (Zimmer 1936).