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White-shouldered Triller

Lalage sueurii

The White-shouldered Triller (Lalage sueurii) is a passerine bird of modest size, measuring approximately 17 centimeters from beak to tail. Males exhibit a striking contrast with their predominantly black upperparts and crisp white underparts, complemented by a grey rump and a distinctive white stripe over the eye. Their wings boast white patches, and the outer tail-feathers are also white. Females share a similar pattern but are cloaked in brown above, with fine black barring decorating their underparts.

Identification Tips

To identify the White-shouldered Triller, look for the male's black upperparts with a grey rump and the characteristic white eye stripe. The white wing patches are a key feature, as is the white on the outer tail-feathers. Females can be recognized by their brown upperparts and the subtle black barring on their underparts. The bill is grey with a black tip, and the legs and feet are a deep black.


This species is known to frequent open woodlands, savannas, and agricultural lands. It thrives in dry, lowland areas, adapting well to the varied landscapes it inhabits.


The White-shouldered Triller can be found in Indonesia and East Timor, with its presence recorded in eastern Java, southern Sulawesi, Bali, and across the Lesser Sunda Islands.


The White-shouldered Triller is an active bird, often seen swooping down from a perch to snatch insects from the ground. It is a bird that is as comfortable in the air as it is perched among the trees.

Song & Calls

The vocal repertoire of this bird includes a metallic whistling, which it may perform in flight. Additionally, it is known to emit a rapid series of harsh notes, adding to the soundscape of its habitat.

Similar Species

The Pied Triller is a close relative but can be distinguished by its slightly smaller size, broader eye stripe, and more extensive white in the wing. The male White-winged Triller, another similar species, lacks the white eye stripe found in the White-shouldered Triller.

Diet and Feeding

Insects form the staple of the White-shouldered Triller's diet. It employs a hunting strategy of watching from a perch before diving to capture its prey on the ground.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the White-shouldered Triller as Least Concern, indicating that, currently, there are no immediate threats to its population levels.

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