Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Firewood-gatherer (Anumbius annumbi)


French: Annumbi fagoteur German: Weißkehl-Bündelnister Spanish: Leñatero

Furnarius annumbi


, 1817,



Genetic data#R#R indicate sister relationship with Coryphistera. Proposed race machrisi (Goiás) not reliably separable. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (Goiás and Minas Gerais S to Rio Grande do Sul), C & E Paraguay, N & E Argentina (Formosa and Misiones S to Río Negro) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 27–45 g. Unusual furnariid with striped back and long, “spiny” tail. Has conspicuous broad whitish supercilium; postocular stripe medium brownish, rest... read more


Song, often given as duet, described as a fast, rough, bubbly, accelerating, descending series of... read more


Low, seasonally wet grassland, pastures/agricultural land, second-growth scrub; acacia savanna,... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded dietary items are Coleoptera (Aphodius and Curculionidae), Hemiptera, Diptera larvae, and seeds. Usually in pairs, and... read more


Season during austral spring-summer; eggs in Sept–Feb and nestlings in Sept–Jan in Argentina; double-brooded. Presumably... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Itatiaia, Aparados da Serra and Serra da Canastra... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Firewood-gatherer (Anumbius annumbi). 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 14 December 2019).