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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Doctorr_BP
Barra do Piraí RJ Brazil

Alternative names: Tail-banded Hornero; Wing-banded Hornero

Furnarius figulus
Subspecies pileatus
Photo © by GarethHawkes
Near Manaus, Brazil, September, 2008


15-16 cm
Rufous upperside and pale to pale buffy underside.
Head has dark eye-stripe and contrasting white supercilium, mottled auriculars, and straight, relatively long bill. Especially important for id is that the tail has black marks at the tail tip that are mainly visible from below and that the primaries have a pattern of rufous-dark brown-rufous producing a banded pattern.


The two subspecies differ especially in crown and auriculars[1] with pileatus showing a darker brown color in those areas.


Brazil in two non-adjacent areas (see below).


There are 2 subspecies[2]:

  • F. f. pileatus:
  • Lower Amazonian Brazil, south of the Amazon going south to Goias (in Brazil) in a relatively narrow area when considering how far south it reaches
  • F. f. figulus:
  • Eastern Brazil (south to Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo)


Wooded habitats such as edges, pastures and other disturbed areas but avoids deep forest; it is more frequently found near water.



Mainly feeds walking on the ground where it takes invertebrates by turning over leaves.


Their nest is a shallow cup constructed from plant fibres and grass. They line it with feathers and hair. It is usually placed in a crevice. The clutch consists of 2 eggs, which take approximately 20 days to hatch.


Song is a series of "chik" sounds repeated 6-10 times where the sounds become slower and lower pitched. Sometimes given as duets.


  1. Thread in the Birdforum Id forum
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Remsen, Jr., J. V. and A. Bonan (2020). Wing-banded Hornero (Furnarius figulus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D.A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.wibhor1.01
  4. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7

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