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Male, Subspecies rufiventris
Photo © by tcollins
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, February 2007
Lalage leucomela


Female, subspecies yorki
Photo © by Ken Doy
Eagleby Wetlands, Australia, June, 2018
Male, subspecies yorki
Photo © by peterday
Halloran Hill, Qld, Australia, July, 2019

17–19·5 cm (6¾-7¾ in)

  • White forehead and supercilium
  • Black upperparts
  • Dark grey rump
  • White markings on wings
  • White underparts with fine dark barring
  • Cinnamon vent

Female: browner upperparts and barred, grey-buff underparts


New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, and eastern Australia.


Mussau Triller was formerly included in this species.


Lalage leucomela has 15 subspecies:[1]:

  • L. l. keyensis: Kai Islands (Kai Kecil, Kai Besar and Add)
  • L. l. polygrammica: Aru Islands and eastern New Guinea
  • L. l. obscurior: D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago
  • L. l. trobriandi: Trobriand Islands
  • L. l. pallescens: Louisiade Archipelago (Misima and Tagula)
  • L. l. falsa Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, Umboi and Duke of York)
  • L. l. karu: New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago)
  • L. l. albidior: New Hanover (Bismarck Archipelago)
  • L. l. ottomeyeri: Lihir Islands (Bismarck Archipelago)
  • L. l. tabarensis: Tabar Island (Bismarck Archipelago)
  • L. l. sumunae: Dyaul Island (Bismarck Archipelago)
  • L. l. macrura: North-western Western Australia (western Kimberley Division)
  • L. l. rufiventris: Northern Northern Territory (Melville Island, Arnhem Land, Groote Eylandt)
  • L. l. yorki: Northern Queensland (islands in southern Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula)
  • L. l. leucomela: Eastern Australia (central Queensland to central New South Wales)


Rain and dry forests, vine forest, riverine thickets, eucalypt forest and woodland, they show a marked partiality for border areas between closed and open forests.



The diet consists of insects (especially caterpillars) and grasshopper, with the addition of figs and other fruit, berries, and seeds.


They breed during the rainy season. The nest is a very small shallow cup made of dry grass, twigs, rootlets, and spider webs placed on a horizontal branch or fork. They lay a single egg.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  1. The Website of Everything
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)

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