Male Front, Crossover Plumage
Male Back, Breeding Plumage
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Perching Birds (Passeriformes)|
|Species:||White-winged Triller (Lalage sueurii)|
|This Photo:||Male Back, Crossover 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.