Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Caribbean Hornero (Furnarius longirostris)


French: Fournier du Venezuela German: Kolumbientöpfer Spanish: Hornero del Caribe

Furnarius longirostris


, 1856,



Until recently considered conspecific with F. leucopus and F. cinnamomeus, but differs from latter in characters given under that species; differs from former in its grey vs brown crown (3); rather longer bill and wing (effect size for male bill 2.75, score 2) although tail fractionally shorter (ns); and distinctive song with greatest deceleration (1) and in which every note has a sharp peak followed by a downslur (3)#R. Proposed race exilis (N Colombia), purportedly more richly coloured than others in Colombia, not reliably diagnosable. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. l. longirostris Pelzeln, 1856 – N Colombia (Córdoba E to lower Magdalena Valley) and NW Venezuela (NW Zulia E to E Falcón, NW Lara and Carabobo).
  • F. l. endoecus Cory, 1919 – N Colombia (lower and middle Magdalena Valley) and W Venezuela (S Zulia).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm. Large, richly coloured ovenbird with fairly long and nearly straight bill; strong but mostly concealed dark marks on undertail-coverts. Sexes alike. Juvenile is... read more


    Compared to song of F. leucopus that of present species is a shorter rattle, lasting c. 4... read more


    Second-growth scrub, pastures/agricultural land, and a variety of semi-open habitats with bare soil... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods and other invertebrates, but no specific details reported. Solitary or in pairs. Gleans food from ground, occasionally flaking... read more


    Very poorly known. Eggs in May and Sept in N Colombia. Presumably monogamous. Nest an “adobe oven” made of mud, and placed on tree branch,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to very common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Tayrona National Park, in Colombia. Benefits from moderate... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Caribbean Hornero (Furnarius longirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).