Retz’s Helmetshrike

Prionops retzii

This large, black helmetshrike with its distinctive red eye ring  is a common resident in woodland habitats and is always an exciting bird to connect with.

I first recorded this species in September 2011 while exploring the Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Kenya. My first southern African sighting took place in February 2012 while birding the  Pafuri region in northern Krugern National Park.


Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Near Pretoriouskop, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz Helmet-shrike / Near Pretoriouskop, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz’s Helmet-shrike (Tricolor) / Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa Retz Helmet-shrike / Berg en Dal, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018 Retz’s Helmet-shrike (Tricolor) / Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa Retz Helmet-shrike / Near Pretoriouskop, Kruger National Park, South Africa / June 2018
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