Order Passeriformes

Family Prionopidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family is no longer valid and the relevant species are now considered as part of the family Vangas and allies (Vangidae).
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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.
  • 0 genera, 0 species, 0 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Allan, D. & Bonan, A. (2020). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52358 on 22 February 2020).