Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

Samoan Triller (Lalage sharpei)


French: Échenilleur des Samoa German: Braunrücken-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Samoa

Lalage sharpei


, 1900,

Upolu, Samoa


Sometimes separated in monospecific Oscarornis, on grounds of its juvenile-type plumage and lack of sexual dimorphism. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. s. tenebrosa Mayr & Ripley, 1941 – Samoa (Savaii).
  • L. s. sharpei Rothschild, 1900 – Samoa (Upolu).
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm. Distinctive triller. Nominate race has forehead and top of head down to base of eye, and nape, mantle, back and scapulars hair-brown with darker feather shafts; rump... read more


    Thin, squeaky, ascending or descending trill, sounding as if forced out with great effort. In... read more


    Primary and secondary forest and forest edge; also occurs rarely in cattle pasture with undergrowth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats fruit and invertebrates. Moves rather slowly, gleaning from leaves of shrubs and small trees. It frequently forages in the canopy of... read more


    No information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Samoan Islands EBA. Generally uncommon. In a 1984 survey, on Upolu, found... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Samoan Triller (Lalage sharpei). 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).