black-bodied; red bill, eye-ring, and legs (South Africa; 2006-06-20)

Red-billed Helmetshrike
Prionops caniceps

Native Range: Africa

Notes: this is one of more than 50 species in a family (Malaconotidae) that is strictly confined to Africa; helmetshrikes derive their name from the crests displayed by many species; these birds generally resemble shrikes, which accounts for the remainder of their common name.

ventral view; white vent area and under tail (South Africa; 2006-06-20)

dorsal view; black upperparts; yellow iris (South Africa; 2006-06-20)

side view; no sexual dimorphism (South Africa; 2006-06-20)

posing for a portrait; note hooked bill (South Africa; 2006-06-20)