Family Sittellas (Neosittidae)

Least Concern

Black Sittella (Daphoenositta miranda)


French: Néositte noire German: Prachtkleiber Spanish: Neosita negra

Daphœnositta miranda

De Vis

, 1897,

Mount Scratchley, south-east New Guinea


Geographical variation perhaps purely clinal, amount of pink on chin decreasing from W to E#R. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. m. frontalis van Oort, 1910 – Snow Mts, in WC New Guinea.
  • D. m. kuboriensis Mayr & Gilliard, 1952 – Central Highlands (Kubor Range, Mt Giluwe), in EC New Guinea.
  • D. m. miranda De Vis, 1897 – mountains of SE New Guinea (Mt Tafa, Mt Scratchley, Mt Albert Edward).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 12–17.8 g. Male nominate race has forehead, lores and chin bright pink to red; rest of head blackish, body and upperwing generally greyish-black with greyish... read more


    During foraging, several group-members continually utter contact call, described as short, faint,... read more


    Upper montane (moss) forest, including partly cleared areas; mainly at 2450–3700 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Largely insectivorous; food includes larvae (to at least 3 cm in length), and spiders (Araneae). Forages mainly on high outer branches (... read more


    Males of nominate race (from Mt Tafa) had enlarged testes in both May and Aug, females had slightly enlarged ovaries in Aug, and one... read more


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Little information; generally uncommon to rather rare, but locally common on Mt... read more

    Recommended citation

    Noske, R. (2019). Black Sittella (Daphoenositta miranda). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 May 2019).