French: Bagadais à bec rouge German: Rotschnabel-Brillenvanga Spanish: Prionopo piquirrojo
West Africa = Boutry (Butré) River, Ghana
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. caniceps
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Red-billed Helmetshrike – Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Ghana and S Togo.
P. c. harterti
(Neumann, 1908) – Grey-cheeked Helmetshrike – Benin, Nigeria and W Cameroon.
20–22 cm; 42–62 g. Nominate race has crown down to eye level and lores blue-grey, rest of head and neck, including chin and throat, black; upperparts black,... read more
Highly vocal. Commonest call (probably contact) of nominate race "wrrraak, wrraak",... read more
Lowland primary and gallery forest, also mature secondary forest, dense riverine vegetation, forest... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects, e.g. beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, cicadas (Cicadidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), praying mantises (Mantidae) and... read more
Poorly known. Egg-laying apparently mainly Dec–Feb, also Jul; reported as double-brooded. Likely co-operative breeder, e.g. five... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common across large parts of range. Apparently decreased around major urban centres, e.g. Lagos (Nigeria). Present in several protected... read more
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