Bird Families

Helmetshrike - Prionops plumatus, helmetshrike ,, Prionopidae ,, Malaconotidae


Spectacled shrikes (Latin Prionops) is a genus of passerine birds from the Vangidae family. They live in Africa.

History of taxonomy

The genus was described in 1816 by Louis Jean Pierre Viejo, and in 1824 by William Swenson he and several other genera singled out into the family forest or helmeted shrike (Prionopidae). In 2006, based on Moyle's molecular phylogenetic study, the genera Philentoma and Tephrodornis were excluded from the family, making it monotypic. In 2018, on the basis of several more studies (Reddy et al., 2012, Jonsson et al., 2012, 2016), the family rank was downgraded to the Prionopinae subfamily within the Vangidae family.

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