Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus) - HBW 8, p. 260

French: Fournier roux German: Rosttöpfer Spanish: Hornero Común
Other common names: Red Hornero/Ovenbird

Taxonomy: Merops rufus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Plumage pattern and biogeography suggest that most likely sister-species is F. cristatus. Race albogularis previously known as badius, but that taxon was described within genus Turdus, in which the name was preoccupied. Significant variation in body size follows Bergmann’s Rule, with largest birds farthest from equator. Relative distributions in Argentina of paraguayae and commersoni require further study. Proposed race schuhmacheri (S Bolivia) does not appear to be diagnosable; description believed to have been based on worn specimens. Four .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Merops rufus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Plumage pattern and biogeography suggest that most likely sister-species is F. cristatus. Race albogularis previously known as badius, but that taxon was described within genus Turdus, in which the name was preoccupied. Significant variation in body size follows Bergmann’s Rule, with largest birds farthest from equator. Relative distributions in Argentina of paraguayae and commersoni require further study. Proposed race schuhmacheri (S Bolivia) does not appear to be diagnosable; description believed to have been based on worn specimens. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • commersoni Pelzeln, 1868 - C & E Bolivia (La Paz and Beni S to Tarija and Santa Cruz), SW Brazil (Mato Grosso) and NW Argentina (N Salta, SE Jujuy).
  • paraguayae Cherrie & Reichenberger, 1921 - Paraguay and N Argentina (Formosa S to La Rioja, N Santiago del Estero and N Santa Fe).
  • albogularis (Spix, 1824) - E & SE Brazil (S Ceará, Alagoas, Bahia, and Goiás S to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro).
  • rufus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - SE Brazil (Paraná S to Rio Grande do Sul), Uruguay and C & E Argentina (from S Santiago del Estero E to Corrientes, S to Neuquén and N Río Negro).