Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Hornero (Furnarius minor)


French: Petit Fournier German: Kleintöpfer Spanish: Hornero chico

Furnarius Opetiorhynchus minor


, 1858,

Rio Madeira, below the mouth of the Rio Mahissy (= Igarapé Maici), Rondônia, Brazil


A close relationship to F. leucopus (and taxa previously included within it) is suggested by both plumage pattern and geographical distribution. Monotypic.


R Amazon and lower reaches of major tributaries from E Ecuador (R Napo), NE Peru (S to lower R Huallaga) and SE Colombia E to NC Brazil (mouth of R Tapajós); extends well up R Madeira, reaching at least mouth of R Ji-Paraná (Rondônia).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 23–29 g. Very small ovenbird with fairly long and nearly straight bill. Adult has conspicuous whitish supercilium from forehead back to rear nape;... read more


A fast, harsh series of staccato “kee” notes that decelerate and descend in pitch,... read more


River-island scrub; early-successional scrub, from Tessaria-dominated or Alchornea... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods and probably other invertebrates. Solitary or in pairs. Forages while walking. Food obtained by gleaning from ground, shoreline... read more


Nest a mud oven placed on horizontal branch, nest-chamber lined with grasses and hair. Clutch 4 eggs. Recorded building nest in Nov and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Global population very small owing to patchy distribution of habitat and linear geographical range. Suitability of habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Bonan, A. (2020). Lesser Hornero (Furnarius minor). 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 27 February 2020).