Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Orange-fronted Plushcrown (Metopothrix aurantiaca)


French: Tête-de-feu pelucheux German: Orangestirn-Bündelnister Spanish: Coronafelpa

Metopothrix aurantiacus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1866,

Sarayacu, Río Ucayali, Loreto, Peru


Highly distinctive plumage so different from that of others in family that placement in Furnariidae was earlier questioned. Link to Acrobatornis suggested by nest architecture and voice. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (Putumayo, Amazonas), E Ecuador, E Peru, W Brazil (E to lower R Juruá and upper R Purus, S to Acre), and NE Bolivia (NE Beni).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 10–12 g. Diminutive furnariid, the only one with yellow and greenish plumage and yellow-orange legs. Has greenish-yellow supercilium behind eye, becoming yellow... read more


Song a slightly descending series of 3–5 evenly spaced, high, thin notes, lasts 1·5–2·5... read more


River-edge forest, old and middle-aged river islands, tall second growth, and edges of clearings in... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly arthropods; recorded once as feeding on fruit, and once observed to feed at flowers (not known if for nectar or for insects). Occurs... read more


Nest-building observed in Jan in Ecuador. Nest c. 50 cm in diameter, a mass of sticks, some c. 25 cm long, with side entrance, placed 4... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon but locally common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Cuyabeno Reserve, in Ecuador, and Manu National Park and... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Orange-fronted Plushcrown (Metopothrix aurantiaca). 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 28 January 2020).