Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Triller (Lalage leucopyga)


French: Échenilleur pie German: Graubürzel-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero colilargo

Symmorphus leucopygus


, 1838,

“New South Wales”; error = Norfolk Island


Nominate race extinct. Five extant subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. l. affinis (Tristram, 1879) – Makira (San Cristobal) and Uki, in SE Solomons.
  • L. l. deficiens Mayr & Ripley, 1941 – Torres Is and Banks Is.
  • L. l. albiloris Mayr & Ripley, 1941 – N & C Vanuatu.
  • L. l. simillima (F. Sarasin, 1913) – S Vanuatu and Loyalty Is.
  • L. l. montrosieri J. P. Verreaux & Des Murs, 1860 – New Caledonia and I of Pines.
  • L. l. leucopyga (Gould, 1838) – Norfolk I.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 16·5–21 g. Male nominate race breeding with forehead, lores, crown, upper ear-coverts and upperparts glossy greenish-black, indistinct white spots on... read more


    Gives a short, rasping call note; loud, melodious song, “tee-zeeia-tee-zeeia-tee-zeeia”. Nominate... read more


    Lowland and mountain forest; commoner at forest edges and in open areas. Probably occurred in all... read more

    Food and feeding

    No current information available. On Norfolk I (nominate race, extinct) foraged in trees, but also seen to forage in wet grass, perching on... read more


    No current information. On Norfolk I bred in Sept, Dec and Feb, Feb clutches apparently second breeding attempt in response to food... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in the Solomon Group EBA, Vanuatu and Temotu EBA and New Caledonia EBA; extinct in Norfolk Island EBA. Common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Long-tailed Triller (Lalage leucopyga). 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 27 February 2020).