Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Pacific Hornero (Furnarius cinnamomeus)


French: Fournier cannelle German: Weißbauchtöpfer Spanish: Hornero del Pacífico

Picolaptes cinnamomeus


, 1844,

Guayaquil, Ecuador


Until recently treated as conspecific with F. leucopus and F. longirostris, but differs from former in its much larger size (effect size for wing 6.16, score 3); significantly paler underparts (2); grey vs brown crown (2); whitish vs chestnut eyes (2); and somewhat different song, exhibiting much the least deceleration (2); differs from latter in its larger size (effect size for male tail 4.03, score 2); significantly paler underparts (2); slightly darker grey crown (1); whitish vs chestnut eyes (2); and different song, with different note shape (3) and least deceleration (2)#R. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

SW Colombia (Nariño#R, probably spreading north), W Ecuador (S from W Esmeraldas) and NW Peru (S to N Ancash).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 45·5–63·4 g. Large, richly coloured ovenbird with fairly long and nearly straight bill; strong but mostly concealed dark marks on undertail-coverts. Sexes alike.... read more


See Taxonomy, above. Compared to that of F. leucopus (and F. longirostris),... read more


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

Food and feeding

Mainly arthropods and other invertebrates, but no specific details reported, except that birds have been recorded attempting (sometimes... read more


Very few details; in NW Peru, building nests in Dec, feeding nestlings in Feb–Apr 1995, and feeding juveniles in Apr; in Ecuador, specimens... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to very common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Río Palenque Science Centre, in Ecuador, and El Angolo Hunting... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pacific Hornero (Furnarius cinnamomeus). 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 17 February 2020).