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Xenops

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Xenops
 
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Furnariidae
 
Genus: Xenops
Illiger, 1811
Species
See text.

Xenops is a genus in the South American bird family Furnariidae, the ovenbirds.

They are small birds with a longish tail, a laterally flattened bill with an upturned tip, brown back and buff or rufous wing stripe. They forage for insects on bark, rotting stumps or bare twigs, moving mechanically in all directions on the trunk like a woodcreeper, but without using the tail as a prop.

Species

  • Rufous-tailed Xenops, Xenops milleri
    Slender-billed Xenops, Xenops tenuirostris
    Plain Xenops, Xenops minutus
    Streaked Xenops, Xenops rutilans

References

  • Birds of Venezuela by Hilty, ISBN 0-7136-6418-5
  • Birds of Trinidad and Tobago by ffrench, ISBN 0-7136-6759-1

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