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 - Pale-billed Hornero
 - Pale-billed Hornero

Pale-billed Hornero Furnarius torridus

Thomas S. Schulenberg and Michael G. Harvey
Version: 1.0 — Published February 11, 2011

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The Pale-billed Hornero is a rather large, rufescent ovenbird of riverine habitats in the western Amazon basin. It can be fairly conspicuous as it feeds for arthropods on the ground in muddy or sandy areas, gives its woodcreeper-like song, or flies rapidly across river channels. Strong-legged, short-tailed, and thick-billed, this species is well-adapted to its terrestrial lifestyle. It resembles other Furnarius horneros in being rufous overall with a white throat and eyebrow, but is darker rufous below than any other species. This Pale-billed occurs primarily along the Ucayali, Marañon, Napo, and upper Amazon rivers in Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.

Distribution of the Pale-billed Hornero - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Pale-billed Hornero

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and M. G. Harvey (2011). Pale-billed Hornero (Furnarius torridus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.pabhor2.01