Prionopidae – Helmetshrikes

Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike (Prionops scopifrons) ©WikiC

Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike (Prionops scopifrons) ©WikiC

Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. (Psalms 104:12 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Prionopidae – Helmetshrikes

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Species (8)

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus)
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus)
Large Woodshrike (Tephrodornis virgatus)
Malabar Woodshrike (Tephrodornis sylvicola)
Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus)
Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis)
Rufous-winged Philentoma (Philentoma pyrhoptera)
Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Philentoma velata)


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The helmetshrikes are smallish passerine bird species. These birds were included with the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, later on split between several presumably closely related groups such as bushshrikes (Malaconotidae) and cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae), but are now considered sufficiently distinctive to be separated from that group as the family Prionopidae.

This is an African and south Asian group of species which are found in scrub or open woodland. They are similar in feeding habits to shrikes, hunting insects and other small prey from a perch on a bush or tree.

Although similar in build to the shrikes, these tend to be colorful species with the distinctive crests or other head ornaments, such as wattles, from which they get their name.

Helmetshrikes are noisy and sociable birds, some of which breed in loose colonies. They lay 2-4 eggs in neat, well-hidden nests. (Wikipedia with editing)

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