Helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae)

Red-billed Helmet-shrike (Prionops caniceps) - HBW 14, p. 138

French: Bagadais à bec rouge German: Rostbauch-Brillenwürger Spanish: Prionopo Piquirrojo
Other common names: Red-billed Shrike, Chestnut-bellied/Western Helmet-shrike

Taxonomy: Sigmodus caniceps Bonaparte, 1850, West Africa = Boutry (Butré) River, Ghana.
Forms a superspecies, and often considered conspecific, with P. rufiventris. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • caniceps ( Bonaparte, 1850) - SW Mali (including Mandingues Mts), Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Ghana and S Togo.
  • harterti ( Neumann, 1908) - Benin, Nigeria and W Cameroon.