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White-shouldered Triller - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Sumba Island, Indonesia, November 2005
Lalage sueurii


Photo © by julienl
near Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 2018

17–18 cm (6¾-7 in)

  • Black upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Grey rump
  • White stripe over the eye
  • White wing-patches
  • White outer tail-feathers
  • Grey black-tipped bill
  • Black legs and feet


  • Brown upperparts
  • Fine black barring on the underparts
  • Otherwise similar markings to the male


Eastern Java, Bali, Sulawesi subregion and Lesser Sundas.


White-winged Triller and White-shouldered Triller are considered conspecific (as White-winged Triller L. sueurii) by Boles and Cristidis, Birds Australia and Clements (2010). Dickinson (2003) and Gill and Donsker (2010) (and Opus) recognise two separate species.

This is a monotypic species[1].


They can be found in open forest, woodland, scrub and savanna; also in overgrown and lightly wooded cultivated areas.


There is no detailed information, but it is presumed that they eat insects, which they forage for in short grass.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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