Polynesian Triller

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. 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 about 6 inches to 6.25 inches long. The plumage varies geographically. Some populations are contrastingly black and white while others have more gray or brown coloration. It is a noisy bird with a nasal, rasping call. The song is short and high-pitched.

It feeds on insects such as caterpillars and also feeds on fruit. The cup-shaped nest is placed in the fork of a tree branch. One or two greenish with brown-blotched eggs are laid.

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