Kenya Birds

White-crested Helmet-shrike


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White-crested Helmet-shrike

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Prionops plumatus

Other Names

  English White Helmet-shrike, Helmet Shrike, Curly-crested Helmet-shrike, Long-crested Helmet Shrike   French Bagadais bouclé   German Brillenwürger     Swedish Långtofsad hjälmtörnskata, Glasögonhjälmtörnskata   Dutch Kuif-helmklauwier   Italian Averla dall'elmo crestalunga

World: Africa: Wide distribution S of 15°N. Absent from the equatorial lowland forests in the W and also from the arid SW.

Kenya: Found mostly below 1800m in areas with suitable habitat (dry bush and wooded areas).

Occur in small active parties, that are always on the move as they forage among branches or on the ground. They are gregarious and noisy, calling constantly to one another as they move through their territory. The bird pictured above is of the eastern subspecies P. p. vinaceigularis.

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