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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea

Familia: Campephagidae
Genus: Lalage
Species: L. atrovirens - L. aurea - L. leucomela - L. leucopyga - L. leucopygialis - L. maculosa - L. melanoleuca - L. melaschistos - L. moesta - L. nigra - L. sharpei - L. sueurii - L. tricolor
Name

Lalage Boie, 1826
Typus

Turdus niger Forster, 1781 = Lalage nigra

References

Boie, F. 1826. Generalübersicht der ornithologischen Ordnungen, Familien und Gattungen. Isis, oder Encyclopädische Zeitung von Oken 19: 969–981. BHLReference page. Original citation p.973 BHL


The trillers are a group of passerine birds belonging to the cuckooshrike family Campephagidae partially making up the genus Lalage. Their name come from the loud trilling calls of the males. There are about 12 species that usually exist in southern Asia and Australasia with a number of species in Pacific islands. They feed mainly on insects and fruit. They build a neat cup-shaped nest high in trees.

Trillers are fairly small birds, about 15 to 20 cm long. They are mainly black, grey and white in colour.

Most species are fairly common but the Samoan triller is considered to be endangered and the Norfolk Island subspecies of the long-tailed triller has gone extinct.
Taxonomy and systematics
Extant species

Black-and-white triller, Lalage melanoleuca
Pied triller, Lalage nigra
White-rumped triller, Lalage leucopygialis
White-shouldered triller, Lalage sueurii
White-winged triller, Lalage tricolor
Rufous-bellied triller, Lalage aurea
White-browed triller, Lalage moesta
Black-browed triller, Lalage atrovirens
Varied triller, Lalage leucomela
Mussau triller, Lalage conjuncta
Polynesian triller, Lalage maculosa
Samoan triller, Lalage sharpei
Long-tailed triller, Lalage leucopyga
Norfolk triller, Lalage leucopyga leucopyga

References

Perrins, Christopher, ed. (2004) The New Encyclopedia of Birds, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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