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Pied Triller (Lalage nigra)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Campephagidae
Genus Lalage

Lalage or trillers, is a genus of cuckooshrikes in the Campephagidae family. 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 color.

Most species are fairly common but the Samoan triller is considered to be near threatened and the Norfolk Island subspecies of the long-tailed triller has become extinct.


Black-browed Triller (Gray, 1862) (Lalage atrovirens)
Rufous-bellied Triller (Temminck, 1827) (Lalage aurea)
Long-tailed Triller (Gould, 1838) (Lalage leucopyga)
 †Norfolk Triller (Gould, 1838) (Lalage leucopyga leucopyga)
White-rumped Triller (Walden, 1872) (Lalage leucopygialis)
Polynesian Triller (Peale, 1848) (Lalage maculosa)
Black-and-white Triller (Blyth, 1861) (Lalage melanoleuca)
White-browed Triller (Sclater, 1883) (Lalage moesta)
Pied Triller (Forster, 1781) (Lalage nigra)
Samoan Triller (Rothschild, 1900) (Lalage sharpei)
White-shouldered Triller (Vieillot, 1818) (Lalage sueurii)
White-winged Triller (Swainson, 1825) (Lalage tricolor)
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