Family Vangas (Vangidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-crested Helmetshrike (Prionops poliolophus)


Taxonomy

French: Bagadais à huppe grise German: Grauschopf-Brillenvanga Spanish: Prionopo crestigrís
Taxonomy:

Prionops poliolopha

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Kenya and adjacent N Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

23–26 cm; one male 49 g. Has long (c. 20 mm) bushy crest of grey to dark grey feathers on mid-crown, shorter crest of whitish-tipped grey spiky feathers on forecrown to... read more

Voice

Poorly documented. Vocalizations include chattering, churring, descending, harsh, rolling and... read more

Habitat

Open savanna dominated by Acacia dephanolobium and Tarchonanthus, and riparian... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. No details of adult diet; likely mainly insects. Nestling diet at L Naivasha (Kenya) mostly insect larvae, grasshoppers (... read more

Breeding

Poorly known. Egg-laying reported as Apr–May, but nest-building recorded Sept–Nov and incubation in Oct and Dec in L Naivasha... read more

Movements

Apparently largely resident; some post-breeding movement likely from Mara-Narok nesting grounds NE... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Serengeti Plains EBA. Has rather small range of c. 52,800 km2, within... read more

Recommended citation

Allan, D. (2017). Grey-crested Helmetshrike (Prionops poliolophus). 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/60548 on 21 September 2017).