Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

White-shouldered Triller (Lalage sueurii)


French: Échenilleur de Lesueur German: Weißschulter-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Lesueur

Turdus Suerii

[sic] Vieillot

, 1818,

New Holland; error = Timor


Sometimes considered conspecific with L. tricolor#R (which see). Monotypic.


C & E Java, Bali, Masalembu Besar, NC & S Sulawesi (including Selayar, Butung and Tukangbesi), islands in Flores Sea (Tanahjampea, Kalao, Bonerate, Kalaotoa, Madu), and Lesser Sundas (Lombok E to Alor, S to Sumba, Savu, Roti and Timor) E to Wetar, Romang, Kisar, Moa, Sermata Is and Babar.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Male has top of head and upperparts glossy greenish-black; narrow white supercilium (sometimes poorly marked) bordered below by black line from base of bill... read more


Harsh, rattling series of rapid, staccato notes that almost run together; song a series of c. 12... read more


Woodland, savanna, open forest, scrub, overgrown or lightly wooded cultivation (including rice... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not recorded; presumably insects. Perches in isolated trees and on stumps and fence posts; forages on the ground in short grass and on... read more


Breeds in Apr–May in Lesser Sundas. No other information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Current status not well known. Regarded as common in C Sulawesi, and expanding N, in 1980s; fairly common in E Java and Bali in 1990s; common on... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). White-shouldered Triller (Lalage sueurii). 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).