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Alternative names: White-crested Helmet-shrike, Helmet Shrike, Curly-crested Helmet-shrike, Long-crested Helmet Shrike.
19â€“25 cm (7Â½-9Â¾ in)
Sub-Saharan Africa apart from the forested west, arid south west and cooler south.
Prionops plumatus has five subspecies:
Mixed woodland, savanna, and dry shrubland.
Usually seen in cohesive groups of up to 22; flying from tree to tree as they move along their foraging route. They forage, mainly for invertebrates, on the ground and in trees and bushes.
Their diet consists mostly of caterpillars, butterflies, moths, small reptiles and fruit.
They seem to lay eggs most months of the year.
They essentially live in clans with an 'alpha pair' which breed with the assistance of younger helpers.
They are usually seen in well-wooded areas where the group keep in touch with a complex set of over 20 vocalisations.
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