Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
(Neosittidae; Ϯ Black Sittella D. miranda) Gr. δαφοινος daphoinos reeking with blood < δα- da- very; φοινος phoinos blood-red, bloody; genus Sitta Linnaeus, 1758, nuthatch; "Daphœnositta, De Vis. ... Daphœnositta miranda, De Vis. ... Above and below black, the feathers broadly edged with lead-grey; wing and tail fuscous brown; the four rectrices largely tipped with pink, nearly half the outermost being of that colour; rump stained with crimson; forehead, chin, and some feathers of the orbital ring rich crimson ... Apart from the shortness and straightness of the bill, this bird is structurally a Sittella, and, were it not for its very erratic colouring, its bill would hardly prevent it finding a home in that genus. But on the ground that so wide a departure from the characteristic sobriety in colours of the Sittellas, and indeed of the Creepers generally, argues physical differences not apparent to the eye, it appears to me advisable to provide a separate genus for the present bird" (DeVis 1897) . The Black Sittella was formerly known as the Pink-faced Nuthatch.
Var. Daphaenositta, Daphoenosina.
Synon. Neops, Neositta, Neosittella.