Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Tanimbar Triller (Lalage moesta)


French: Échenilleur des Tanimbar German: Tanimbarraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de las Tanimbar

Lalage mœsta

P. L. Sclater

, 1883,



Until recently, considered conspecific with L. atrovirens and L. leucoptera, but differs from both in its white lores and preocular supercilium (3); female with male-like plumage (i.e. equally dark above and with no barring below) (3); considerably more white in outer tail (2). Differs further from leucoptera in its white rump and white-scaled uppertail-coverts (3; in which case score for outer tail dropped); it may also have shorter wings and tail but a longer bill (better sample size needed). Monotypic.


Tanimbar Is.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm. Distinctive, both sexes having black upperparts with clear white-fringed upperwing-feathers, a short white supercilium from forehead to eye (often also indicated... read more


Vocalizations poorly known, but described as being a loud, squeaky “chew’wit” and a short “chit”.


Forest, forest edge, low open forest, mangroves, clearings, secondary growth and other lightly... read more

Food and feeding

No published information, but diet and foraging behaviour are presumably very similar, if not identical, to those of L. atrovirens... read more


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Reported to be fairly common on Yamdena.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Tanimbar Triller (Lalage moesta). 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 19 June 2019).