Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Indochinese Cuckooshrike (Lalage polioptera)


French: Échenilleur indochinois German: Gartenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Indochina

Campophaga [sic] polioptera


, 1878,



See L. melaschistos. Formerly sometimes treated as conspecific with L. fimbriata. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. p. indochinensis Kloss, 1925 – W, C & E Myanmar, NW & E Thailand (S to Kamphaeng Phet), C & S Laos and SC Vietnam.
  • L. p. polioptera (Sharpe, 1878) – SE Myanmar, SW Thailand (from Kanchanaburi S to Isthmus of Kra), Cambodia and extreme S Vietnam (Cochinchina).
  • L. p. jabouillei (Delacour, 1951) – C Vietnam (N & C Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    21–23 cm; mean 35·8 g (Thailand). Male nominate race has crown and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, ashy grey, darker on head, paler on median and greater wing-... read more


    Whistled song of 6–7 notes in descending sequence, also nasal chuntering “uh’uh’uh’uh-ik”; in... read more


    Open forest, secondary growth, deciduous woodland (Thailand), pine (Pinus) forest, locally... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera). Forages in canopy and middle storey, moving with slow, deliberate actions; may join... read more


    Generally Apr–May; Apr–Jul in Myanmar. Nest a saucer of fine twigs and roots, bound with cobwebs; usually high in tree. Eggs 2... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common in all parts of its range.

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Indochinese Cuckooshrike (Lalage polioptera). 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).