Polynesian Trillers

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Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa ssp woodi) Matei, Taveuni, Fiji Isles

Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa) ssp pumila Abaca, Viti Levu, Fiji Isles The Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa) is a passerine bird belonging to the triller genus Lalage in the cuckoo-shrike family Campephagidae. It has numerous subspecies distributed across the islands of the south-west Pacific.

Distribution / Range

The breeding range extends through Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu and the Santa Cruz Islands. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats including man-made habitats such as plantations and gardens.


It is 15 to 16 cm long. The plumage varies geographically; some populations are contrastingly black and white while others have more grey or brown coloration.

Calls / Vocalizations

It is a noisy bird with a nasal, rasping call. The song is short and high-pitched.

Diet / Feeding

It feeds on insects such as caterpillars and also feeds on fruit.

Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa)

Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa ssp woodi) Nesting / Breeding

The cup-shaped nest is placed in the fork of a tree branch. One or two eggs are laid; these are greenish with brown blotches.


  • Bregulla, Heinrich L. (1992) Birds of Vanuatu, Anthony Nelson, Oswestry, England.
  • Pratt, H. Douglas; Bruner, Philip L. & Berrett, Delwyn G. (1987), A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific, Princeton University Press, Chichester.

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Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa)

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