|Male pied triller (Lalage nigra)|
F. Boie, 1826
The trillers (Lalage) are a genus of passerine birds belonging to the cuckoo-shrike family Campephagidae. Their name comes from the loud trilling calls of the males. There are about 12 species which occur in southern Asia and Australasia with a number of species on Pacific islands. They feed mainly on insects and fruit. They build a neat cup-shaped nest high in a tree.
They are fairly small birds, about 15 to 20 cm long. They are mainly black, grey and white in colour.
Taxonomy and systematics
- Black-and-white triller, Lalage melanoleuca
- Pied triller, Lalage nigra
- White-rumped triller, Lalage leucopygialis
- White-shouldered triller, Lalage sueurii
- White-winged triller, Lalage tricolor
- Rufous-bellied triller, Lalage aurea
- White-browed triller, Lalage moesta
- Black-browed triller, Lalage atrovirens
- Varied triller, Lalage leucomela
- Mussau triller, Lalage conjuncta
- Polynesian triller, Lalage maculosa
- Samoan triller, Lalage sharpei
- Long-tailed triller, Lalage leucopyga
- Norfolk triller, Lalage leucopyga leucopyga
Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Lalage:
- Perrins, Christopher, ed. (2004) The New Encyclopedia of Birds, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
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