Red-billed helmetshrike

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Red-billed helmetshrike
Red-billed Helmetshrike - Bobiri - Ghana 14 S4E3122 (16010070258).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vangidae
Genus: Prionops
P. caniceps
Binomial name
Prionops caniceps
(Bonaparte, 1850)

The red-billed helmetshrike or chestnut-bellied helmetshrike (Prionops caniceps) is a species of bird in the helmetshrike family, Prionopidae, formerly usually included in the Malaconotidae.

It is found in West Africa, occurring in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. In Central Africa it is replaced by the rufous-bellied helmet-shrike (P. rufiventris) which is sometimes regarded as a subspecies of the chestnut-bellied Helmetshrike.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Prionops caniceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.