Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)


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

Ceblepyris tricolor


, 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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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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).