Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Crested Hornero (Furnarius cristatus)


French: Fournier huppé German: Haubentöpfer Spanish: Hornero copetón

Furnarius cristatus


, 1888,

Sierra de Córdoba, Argentina


Most likely sister to F. rufus (which see). Monotypic.


Extreme SE Bolivia (SE Chuquisaca, E Tarija) and W Paraguay S to C Argentina (S to N San Luis, N Córdoba, C Santa Fe, NW Entre Ríos).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 26–29 g. Small ovenbird with distinctive crest, bill shorter than that of congeners. Adult has inconspicuous pale supercilium, whitish loral area, and... read more


Song an explosive staccato burst of loud, piercing whistled notes tailing off towards end, c. 4... read more


Arid lowland scrub; Chaco scrub and arid woodland, particularly around houses and clearings; to... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Solitary or in pairs. Gleans items from ground.


Breeds during austral spring and summer; eggs in Nov in Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Nest a hardened “adobe oven” c. 20 cm... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout range. Occurs in Chancani Natural Reserve, in Argentina. Benefits from modest anthropogenic habitat modification.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Crested Hornero (Furnarius cristatus). 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 7 December 2019).