White-winged Triller
Male Back, Crossover Plumage
Ellura
White-winged Triller
Male Profile, Breeding Plumage
 
    
White-winged Triller (Lalage sueurii)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Cuckoo-shrike (Campephagidae)
Species: White-winged Triller (Lalage sueurii)
This Photo:     Male Back, Breeding Plumage
Other names: Caterpillar-eater, Jardine Triller or White-shouldered Triller

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
A seasonal traveller through our parts. Much smaller and whiter than a magpie, so it's easy to differentiate.
However, the males change their plumage, making them difficult to identify in the "off" season.
When not in their breeding colours, they have what's called "Eclipse" plumage; which is much browner.
It took us a while to work out what was going one with one sighting, when we realised the bird was in the cross-over phase between the Eclipse & Breeding plumage. So nearly black and white with some brown dappling.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Oct-2013
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)