Varied SittellaScientific name: Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Meaning of name: The meaning of Daphoenositta is not known. Chrysoptera is from the Greek words chrysos, meaning golden, and pteron, meaning wing.

Aboriginal name: Darnakot (darn’a’court).

Distribution: Widespread in mainland Australia.

Description: Up to 14cm long with a 27cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2 km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in May 1986, 6 years 11 months after being banded (information as at 21 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html