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Black-and-white Trillers (Lalage melanoleuca)

Black-and-white Trillers

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Male Black-and-white Triller (Lalage melanoleuca) Female Black-and-white Triller (Lalage melanoleuca)


Male Black-and-white Triller (Lalage melanoleuca) Overview ... Alternate (Global) Names

Subspecies, Ranges ... Calls / Vocalizations

Breeding / Nesting ... Diet / Feeding


The Black-and-white Trillers or, simply, Black-white Trillers (Lalage melanoleuca) occur naturally in the tropical moist lowland forests of the Philippines.

They were named for their predominantly black and white plumage, as well as the loud trilling calls of the males.


Subspecies and Ranges:

  • Lalage melanoleuca melanoleuca (Blyth, 1861)
    • Range: Island of Luzon located in the northernmost region of the Philippines; Mindoro Island situated just south of Luzon; and the island of Semirara in north central Philippines
  • Lalage melanoleuca minor (Steere, 1890)
    • Range: Samar and Leyte islands located in the east central region of the Philippines; and the island of Mindanao - the easternmost island in the Philippines

Female Black-White Triller


Male Black-and-white Triller (Lalage melanoleuca) Diet / Feeding

Black and White Trillers mostly feed on insects and fruit.


Breeding / Nesting

They construct neat cup-shaped nests out of plant material found in their environment. Nests are usually situated high in trees.


Calls / Vocalizations / Sounds


Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: 黑白鸣鹃鵙 ... Czech: Housencík cernobílý / ťuhýčí ... Danish: Sorthvid Triller ... Dutch: Filippijnse Triller, Fillipijnse Triller ... Finnish: Filippiinienlivertäjä ... French: Échenilleur des Philippines, Echenilleur noir et blanc ... German: Philippinenlalage ... Italian: Mangiabruchi bianco e nero, Trillatore nerobianco ... Japanese: oninakisanshoukui ... Norwegian: Filippinertrillefugl ... Polish: gGasienicojad czarno-bialy ... Russian: Филиппинский личинкоед-свистун ... Slovak: Húseniciarka cierno-biela ... Spanish: Gorjeador Blanco y Negro ... Swedish: Filippindrillfågel

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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