Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Vulnerable

Yellow-crested Helmetshrike (Prionops alberti)


Taxonomy

French: Bagadais d’Albert German: Gelbschopf-Brillenvanga Spanish: Prionopo crestigualdo
Taxonomy:

Prionops alberti

Schouteden

, 1933,

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

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 Helmetshrike (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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60549 on 19 November 2017).