Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata)


French: Échenilleur frangé German: Zwergraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero menor

Ceblepyris fimbriatus


, 1824,



See L. melaschistos. In past, sometimes considered conspecific variously with L. melaschistos, L. melanoptera and/or L. polioptera. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. f. neglecta (A. O. Hume, 1877) – S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and S Thailand.
  • L. f. culminata (Hay, 1845) – Peninsular Malaysia.
  • L. f. schierbrandi (Pelzeln, 1865) – Sumatra and Borneo.
  • L. f. compta (Richmond, 1903) – Simeulue and Siberut (off W Sumatra).
  • L. f. fimbriata (Temminck, 1824) – Java and Bali.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20·5 cm; 28–30 g. A small, short-tailed cuckoo-shrike with a rather fine bill. Male of nominate race has crown and upperparts dark slaty grey, being paler on... read more


    Song a repeated, loud “whit-it-it-chui-choi” and so on; also has rapid series of “whit” notes and,... read more


    Forest, secondary growth, peatswamp-forest, farmland; lowlands to 1000 m, occasionally to 1500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Food mainly insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera), flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera); also flower... read more


    Dependent juveniles in May and Jul in Peninsular Malaysia. Nest a small, neat cup placed on horizontal tree branch. Eggs 2. No other... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Reasonably common in S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia, but rare in Singapore; rather scarce and local in Greater Sundas.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata). 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 12 December 2019).