Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Black-browed Triller (Lalage atrovirens)


French: Échenilleur papou German: Papuaraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero cejinegro

Campephaga (Lalage) atrovirens

G. R. Gray

, 1862,

Misool, off west New Guinea


Until recently, considered conspecific with L. leucoptera and L. moesta (see both, below). Monotypic.


West Papuan Is (Kofiau, Waigeo, Salawati, Misool), and N New Guinea from Vogelkop and Bomberai Peninsula E to region of Sepik R and Ramu R and N slope of the Huon Peninsula.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 31·5–34·5 g. Male has forehead to nape, lores, upper ear-coverts and upperparts black, glossed blue-green; rump white, uppertail-coverts... read more


One song comprises sweet, rapidly repeated upslurred “twee” whistles; also has a... read more


Forest, forest edge, low open forest, secondary growth, scrub, gardens, partly cleared areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Eats fruit and arthropods. Forages singly, in pairs or in small parties; sometimes recorded in mixed-species flocks. Forages in canopy and... read more


Juvenile seen in mid-Jun in New Guinea. No other information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status not well known, but regarded as fairly common on mainland New Guinea. Might also occur on Yapen I.

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-browed Triller (Lalage atrovirens). 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 17 February 2020).