An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Ovenbirds  

Ovenbirds is a sometimes used common name for birds in the family Furnariidae, a very large, diverse group of usually brown birds found in tropical America in every possible type of habitat. The Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus) warbler is not in this family. The term ovenbird comes from the clay oven-like nest built by the Rufous Hornero, the national bird of Argentina.


Rufous Spinetail
Rufous Spinetail (Synallaxis unirufa)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia
Spinetails are common birds found deep in the brush, and are usually very vocal.

Plain-brown Woodcreeper
Plain-brown Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla fuliginosa)
San Jeronimo, Colombia
Woodcreepers move up and down tree trunks looking for insects in moss or bark.

Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner (Philydor rufum)
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Los Bancos, Ecuador
Foliage-gleaners, as the name implies, move around leaves looking for insects.

Chestnut-winged Cinclodes
Chestnut-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes albidiventris)
Cajas National Park, Ecuador
Found above the tree line at 3900 meters above sea level.

Spotted Barbtail
Spotted Barbtail (Premnoplex brunnescens)
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia
There are many species of generic brown 'ovenbirds' such as treehunters, treerunners, barbtails, prickletails, and others.


© Tom Friedel - All Rights Reserved.