Band-tailed hornero

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Band-tailed hornero
Tail-banded hornero (Furnarius figulus).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Furnariidae
Genus: Furnarius
Species: F. figulus
Binomial name
Furnarius figulus
(Lichtenstein, 1823)

The band-tailed hornero, wing-banded hornero or tail-banded hornero, (Furnarius figulus), is a species of bird in the Furnariidae family, the ovenbirds. It is endemic to Brazil.

Its natural habitats include a wide range of wooded habitats, especially near water and around mudflats. It feeds on insects, other arthropods, and shelllfish - in short, any prey found by upturning stones and litter - and makes a cup-sized nest in sheltered places with grass and vegetal fibers.[2]


Wing-banded hornero exists in two ranges, separated by 1000 km, each population representing a subspecies. The largest range occurs in Atlantic northeastern and eastern Brazil, the Northeast Region, Brazil and Caatinga, as well as into continental regions inland, (part of the Cerrado). In recent years, this population has expanded southwards at least as far as São Paulo. The second population ranges upstream in a strip along the Amazon River for about 1700 km as well as southwards to the upstream reaches of the Araguaia River in the adjacent Tocantins-Araguaia River drainage. This southerly strip ranges between two river systems in a strip approximately 2400 km long; the western portion is the downstream half of the Xingu River.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Furnarius figulus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ José Felipe Monteiro Pereira, Aves e Pássaros comuns do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Technical Books, 2008, ISBN 978-85-61368-00-5 , page 91

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