- Prionops scopifrons
Length 16-18 cm. A dark grey helmetshrike with a chestnut forehead of short, stiff feathers. Bill, legs and feet red; eye wattle blue.
There are three subspecies:1
- P. s. keniensis:
- Central Kenya
- P. s. kirki:
- P. s. scopifrons:
This species favours mature Brachystegia forest through which they constantly wander.
They move in large mobile mixed-species feeding flocks which include scimitarbills, Retz's Helmetshrike, monarch flycatchers, honeyguides and in Arabuko-Sokoke forest the rare and very localised Clarke's Weaver.
These live in family groups. Members within the clan assist the dominate pair in rearing their young.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 12 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Chestnut-fronted_Helmetshrike