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The horneros, also known as ovenbirds are members of the genus Furnarius in the family Furnariidae, native to South America.

Horneros are rather soft-looking, light-brown birds known for building mud nests that resemble old wood-fired ovens. The entrance forms a curved doorway to protect the chicks from intense winds and from predators. The nest contains two chambers for the 3–4 chicks.

An adult hornero can frequently be seen sitting on top of its nest. When distressed while it is inside, it forces air out under its wings to create a loud noise sounding like a cry.

Horneros are a national emblem of Argentina, one of the many countries they inhabit.

External links

Hornero videos on the Internet Bird Collection

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