Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)


Mussau Triller (Lalage conjuncta)


French: Échenilleur des Saint-Matthias German: Mussauraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de San Matías
Other common names: St Matthias Triller

Lalage conjuncta

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1924,

St Matthias Island (= Mussau Island), Bismarck Archipelago


Formerly treated as conspecific with L. leucomela (which see). Monotypic.


Mussau I, in St Matthias Group (N Bismarck Archipelago).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Male is black on top of head (including lores and down to below eye) and upperparts; rump white, uppertail-coverts barred black and white; lesser and median... read more


Short nasal calls, e.g. “tchu”, often repeated in short phrases, e.g. as “tchow-tchow-de-weet”.


Forest; possibly only in closed forest in hills.

Food and feeding

No information. Diet probably similar to that of L. leucomela. Likely to forage in canopy.


No information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status not properly assessed, as this taxon has usually been considered conspecific with more widespread L. leucomela. Population and... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Mussau Triller (Lalage conjuncta). 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 7 April 2020).