Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
(Melanocharitidae; Ϯ Black Berrypecker M. nigra) Gr. μελας melas, μελανος melanos black; χαρις kharis, χαριτος kharitos beauty < χαιρω khairō to rejoice; "Melanocharis nigra, Less., sp. Dicæum nigrum, Less. Voy. Coq. i. p. 673; Cent. Zool. pl. 27; Müll. Verh. Ethn. p. 162. Havre Dorey (Less.); Lobo (Müll.) Mus. Lugd. Müller and Schlegel say this bird is not a Dicæum, but a Muscicapine, allied to Boie's genus Hylocharis (since changed to Hyloterpe). It does not seem to me to be referable to either of these genera, but, as far as external appearances go, to be more nearly akin to Dicæum than Hyloterpe. I have therefore used for it the new generic term Melanocharis (μελας, niger, et χαρις, gratia)." (P. Sclater 1858).
Synon. Neneba, Pristorhamphus, Sarganura, Urocharis.