Order Passeriformes

Family Prionopidae

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  • Medium-sized passerines with squat, hunched appearance, broad rounded wings, hook-tipped bill, tarsus scutellated on both sides and front, most species crested; plumage largely black, white, grey and brown, most with colourful eyewattles.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Forest, woodland and savanna.
  • 16-26 cm.
  • 1 genus, 8 species, 19 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Allan, D. & Bonan, A. (2017). Helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52358 on 27 March 2017).