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Female Varied Triller beating a caterpillar to pulp

(Lalage leucomela)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Caterpillar-eater", "White-eyebrowed Caterpillar-eater", "White-browed Triller"
Size: 18-20 cm
Weight: 30-40 g

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In March 2019 P. Brown observed a female Varied Triller beating a a caterpillar to death at Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT. All photos shown on this page are courtesy of P. Brown.

Female Varied Triller with a caterpillar it has just caught (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]

The caterpillar is clearly already the worse for wear... (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]

... but it still needs some more preparation before it is ready for eating (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]

Female Varied Triller beating the living daylight out of the hapless caterpillar... (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]

... until it is reduced to pulp (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]

Now it is well done! (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]

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