Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)


Taxonomy

French: Échenilleur tricolore German: Weißflügel-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero tricolor
Taxonomy:

Ceblepyris tricolor

Swainson

, 1825,

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

.

Considered conspecific with L. sueurii by some authors#R, and indeed differs only in its lack of a white supercilium in male (but not all male sueurii show this feature well or seemingly at all; 2); more blue than green gloss to black parts of plumage (possibly 1); generally a slightly more barred breast in female (1); hence further study, perhaps focusing on vocalizations, needed to justify present arrangement. Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Australia, including Melville I; also SE New Guinea (Port Moresby area); S breeders migrate inland and N.

Descriptive notes

15·5–18·5 cm; 26–31·5 g. Male breeding has top of head down to level of eye, and upperparts, upperwings and tail glossy greenish-black; lower... read more

Voice

Territorial song a clear, sustained, variable sequence of notes, “chiff-chiff-chiff-joey-joey... read more

Habitat

Wide range of lightly timbered habitats with sparse open shrub layer and grassy ground cover,... read more

Food and feeding

Eats insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers and crickets (Acrididae, Tettigoniidae, Gryllidae), cockroaches (Blattodea... read more

Breeding

Season Jun–Mar in Australia and Sept–Dec in New Guinea; also nests after rains in arid regions of Australia, where may nest... read more

Movements

Partial migrant, largely vacating mainland Australia S of 29 ºS in autumn (Feb–Apr) and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and sometimes locally common. Estimated densities 0·01–1 birds/ha. Sometimes locally common in New Guinea.

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57888 on 20 June 2019).