Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Northern Black-and-white Triller (Lalage melanoleuca)


French: Échenilleur noir et blanc German: Nonnenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero blanquinegro norteño

Pseudolalage melanoleuca


, 1861,

Luzon, Philippines


Hitherto considered conspecific with L. minor. Monotypic.


N Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Semirara).

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; 49 g (one male). Male is glossy greenish black above, centre of back grey, rump and uppertail-coverts white; scapulars and most upperwing-coverts as mantle,... read more


Song is a loud series of repeated “cha-chi” notes or longer “ka-choo” notes... read more


Canopy and midstorey of forest and forest edge, including second growth, below 1000 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably insectivorous. Occurs singly, in groups or with mixed-species foraging flocks.


Juveniles in May on Luzon and Mindoro, and a female in breeding condition in late Mar on Luzon. No other information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not well known; currently regarded as uncommon to fairly common. Population believed to be stable. Occurs in Quezon National Park and... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Northern Black-and-white Triller (Lalage melanoleuca). 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).