Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) - HBW 10, p. 103

French: Échenilleur varié German: Weißbrauenlalage Spanish: Oruguero Variable
Other common names: White-browed/Pied Triller(!)/Caterpillar-eater

Taxonomy: Campephaga Leucomela Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, south-east Queensland, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with L. aurea, L. atrovirens and L. conjuncta. Last-mentioned often treated as conspecific with present species, but plumage markedly distinct. Fifteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • keyensis Rothschild & Hartert, 1917 - Kai Is.
  • polygrammica (G. R. Gray, 1858) - Aru Is, and E & S New Guinea (E from Wau and Huon Gulf, S to R Mimika).
  • falsa Hartert, 1925 - S Bismarck Archipelago (Umboi, New Britain, Duke of York).

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  • keyensis Rothschild & Hartert, 1917 - Kai Is.
  • polygrammica (G. R. Gray, 1858) - Aru Is, and E & S New Guinea (E from Wau and Huon Gulf, S to R Mimika).
  • falsa Hartert, 1925 - S Bismarck Archipelago (Umboi, New Britain, Duke of York).
  • albidior (Hartert, 1924) - New Hanover.
  • karu (Lesson & Garnot, 1827) - New Ireland.
  • sumunae Salomonsen, 1964 - Djaul I, off W New Ireland.
  • tabarensis Mayr, 1955 - Tabar Is, off N New Ireland.
  • ottomeyeri Stresemann, 1933 - Lihir Is (S of Tabar Is).
  • triobriandi Mayr, 1936 - Triobriand Is, off E New Guinea.
  • obscurior Rothschild & Hartert, 1917 - D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough, Fergusson, Normanby).
  • pallescens Rothschild & Hartert, 1917 - Louisiade Archipelago (Misima, Renard, Tagula).
  • macrura Schodde, 1989 - NE Western Australia (Kimberleys).
  • rufiventris (G. R. Gray, 1846) - N Northern Territory (Arnhem Land) and Melville I, in N Australia.
  • yorki Mathews, 1912 - coastal N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula) and islands in Torres Strait; also coastal Trans-Fly region of SC New Guinea.
  • leucomela (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) - coastal E Queensland S to NE New South Wales (Newcastle area).