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Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike Prionops scopifrons
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass 29.4 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 787,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 7.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common (Fry and Keith 2004).
Trend justification: This population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction (Harris and Franklin 2000).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Mozambique Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
South Africa Unknown Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Zimbabwe Unknown Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Kenya Arabuko-Sokoke Forest site factsheet
Kenya Boni and Dodori National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Dakatcha Woodland site factsheet
Kenya Dzombo Hill Forest site factsheet
Kenya Gede Ruins National Monument site factsheet
Kenya Kaya Gandini site factsheet
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests site factsheet
Kenya Marenji Forest site factsheet
Kenya Mrima Hill Forest site factsheet
Kenya Shimba Hills site factsheet
Mozambique Chimanimani Mountains (Mozambique) site factsheet
Mozambique Moebase region site factsheet
Mozambique Pomene site factsheet
Mozambique Zambezi River Delta site factsheet
Somalia Laag Badaana site factsheet
Tanzania Bagamoyo District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania East Usambara Mountains site factsheet
Tanzania Kilombero Valley site factsheet
Tanzania Kilwa District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Kisarawe District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Lindi District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Mikumi National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Mtwara District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Pande Game Reserve and Dondwe Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Pangani District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Rufiji District Coastal Forests site factsheet
Tanzania Selous Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania West Usambara Mountains site factsheet
Zimbabwe Haroni - Rusitu junction and Botanical Reserves site factsheet
Zimbabwe Nyanga lowlands/Honde valley site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 500 m Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 1200 m

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Prionops scopifrons. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Malaconotidae (Helmetshrikes, bushshrikes and puffbacks)
Species name author (Peters, 1854)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 787,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change