Retz's helmetshrike

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Retz's helmetshrike
Prionops retzii01, crop.jpg
Juvenile Retz's Helmet-Shrike (Prionops retzii) (6029808342), crop.jpg
P. r. tricolor, adult and juvenile
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vangidae
Genus: Prionops
P. retzii
Binomial name
Prionops retzii
Wahlberg, 1856

Retz's helmetshrike (Prionops retzii) is a species of bird in the helmetshrike family Vangidae, formerly usually included in the Malaconotidae.


Four subspecies are recognized:[2][3]

  • P. r. nigricans (Neumann, 1899) – south central Africa
  • P. r. graculinus Cabanis, 1868East Africa
  • P. r. retzii Wahlberg, 1856 – northern parts of southern Africa
  • P. r. tricolor G.R. Gray, 1864 – eastern and southeastern Africa

Range and habitat[edit]

It is found in Angola, Botswana, DRC, Eswatini, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Prionops retzii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22707788A94137622. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22707788A94137622.en. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  2. ^ Allan, D. (2018). "Retz's Helmetshrike (Prionops retzii)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ Hockey, P. A. R.; Dean, W. R. J.; Ryan, P. G. (2005). Roberts Birds of Southern Africa (7th ed.). Cape Town: Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. pp. 709–710. ISBN 0-620-34053-3.

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