White Helmetshrike

Arthur just posted about where we were two years ago today on our personal blog: Abuko Nature Reserve in the Gambia. He ended the post with a photo of one of the strangest birds I’ve ever seen, the White Helmetshrike.

White Helmetshrikes, also called White-crested Helmet-shrikes, are between 7.4 and 9.8 inches long. Males and females are similar. They are common in parts of sub-Saharan Africa although I think this was the only one we spotted during our time in the Gambia. I couldn’t find too much information about these guys on the web besides here; unfortunately our Gambia bird guide is still in storage.

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2 Responses to White Helmetshrike

  1. Red says:

    Wonderful image of a fascinating bird! It looks like it has a flower for an eye. 🙂

  2. Larry Jordan says:

    Hi Amy, what an incredible looking bird. I’ve never seen anything like it. The most interesting feature to me is the eye waddle. I wonder how that developed and why? Excellent capture by the way!

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