Family Helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae)


Yellow-crested Helmet-shrike (Prionops alberti)


French: Bagadais d'Albert German: Gelbschopf-Brillenwürger Spanish: Prionopo Crestigualdo

Prionops alberti


, 1933,

summit of Mount Mikeno, 4467 m, Kivu District, DRCongo


Possibly part of the superspecies formed by P. plumatus and P. poliolophus. Monotypic.


Mountains of W Albertine Rift in E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

22–24 cm; 61–62 g. Has rounded yellow crest (up to 20 mm) from lores to hindcrown, yellow extending down to level with eye (yellow crest feathers not always... read more


Poorly known. Typical call described as "tlu-uk" note, repeateed up to six times, musical and far-... read more


Montane forest, Hagenia and bamboo forest, also, at lower altitudes, primary rainforest;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet apparently insects, e.g. grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Lives and forages in tightly knit groups mostly of 4–8 individuals (up to 20... read more


Poorly known. Egg-laying apparently during rains, recorded Dec–Apr and Jun–Jul. Co-operative breeder. Nest reported as built... read more


No details. Probably resident, perhaps with some seasonal altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Albertine Rift Mountains EBA. Generally rare to uncommon. Global population likely to be small, estimated as in range c. 2500... read more

Recommended citation

Allan, D. (2017). Yellow-crested Helmet-shrike (Prionops alberti). 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 on 25 March 2017).