Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike Prionops scopifrons


Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
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 g
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,940,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
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 Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Kenya N Extant Yes
Mozambique N Extant Yes
Somalia N Extant Yes
South Africa U Extant
Tanzania N Extant Yes
Zimbabwe U Extant

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

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 (2020) Species factsheet: Prionops scopifrons. Downloaded from on 27/01/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/01/2020.