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Prionopidae

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Helmetshrikes
 
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Prionopidae
 
Genera
Prionops
Tephrodornis
Philentoma

The helmetshrikes are smallish passerine bird species. They were formerly classed with the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, but are now considered sufficiently distinctive to be separated from that group as the family Prionopidae.

This is an African group of species which are found in scrub or open woodland. They are similar in feeding habits to shrikes, hunting insects and other small prey from a perch on a bush or tree.

Although similar in build to the shrikes, these tend to be colourful species with the distinctive crests or other head ornaments, such as wattles, from which they get their name.

Helmetshrikes are noisy and sociable birds, some of which breed in loose colonies. They lay 2-4 eggs in neat, well-hidden nests.

  • Family: Prionopidae
    • White Helmetshrike, Prionops plumatus
      Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Prionops poliolophus
      Yellow-crested Helmetshrike, Prionops alberti
      Chestnut-bellied Helmetshrike, Prionops caniceps
      Retz's Helmetshrike, Prionops retzii
      Angola Helmetshrike, Prionops gabela
      Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike, Prionops scopifrons
      Large Woodshrike, Tephrodornis gularis
      Common Woodshrike, Tephrodornis pondicerianus
      Rufous-winged Philentoma, Philentoma pyrhopterum
      Maroon-breasted Philentoma Philentoma velatum

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