Pale-legged Hornero, F. leucopus
Bay Hornero, F. torridus
Tail-banded Hornero, F. figulus
Lesser Hornero, F. minor
Rufous Hornero, F. rufus
Crested Hornero, F. cristatus
Horneros are rather soft-looking, light-brown birds known for building mud nests that resemble old wood-fired ovens. (The Spanish word "hornero" comes from horno, meaning "oven".) The entrance forms a curved doorway to protect the chicks from intense winds and from predators. The nest contains two chambers for the 3–4 chicks.
An adult hornero can frequently be seen sitting on top of its nest. When distressed while it is inside, it forces air out under its wings to create a loud noise sounding like a cry.
Horneros are a national emblem of Argentina, one of the many countries they inhabit.
- Furnarius (TSN 557691). Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed on 13 March 2006.
- Hornero videos on the Internet Bird Collection