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The red ovenbird (Furnarius rufus), the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting the sun slowly dry it. When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird’s name.

The red ovenbird (Furnarius rufus), the national bird of Argentina and Uruguay, collects mud and piles it on top of a tree branch while letting the sun slowly dry it. When completed, its characteristic dome-shaped nest bears a resemblance to an old-fashioned wood-fired oven, hence the bird’s name.

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TheDanielBaxter
TheDanielBaxter
5 months ago

Furnarius Rufus sounds like someone the Mad Hatter forgot to invite for tea.

Kirtsum
Kirtsum
5 months ago

We got them in Brazil too

holybuckets_
holybuckets_
5 months ago

I used to live in Uruguay and always thought these birds were cute, and a little cartoonish with the way the walked and ran on the ground. Their call is also quite loud for a little bird, in my opinion.

louisamarisa
louisamarisa
5 months ago

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_hornero](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_hornero)

[https://asknature.org/strategy/dome-shape-protects-nest/](https://asknature.org/strategy/dome-shape-protects-nest/)

MortalKonga
MortalKonga
5 months ago

Our beloved horneros. I love them so much.

RedalMedia
RedalMedia
5 months ago

Ahh, so it’s eggs ARE cooked in that.

AxiasHere
AxiasHere
5 months ago

We call it Hornero (the H is silent, as in honest) which roughly translates as oven-maker.

Permatato
Permatato
5 months ago

Iirc, there is not only mud but also feces and such (saliva?) into that mix!

michelpulha
michelpulha
5 months ago

Also found all over Brazil.

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juliodistress
juliodistress
5 months ago

wouldn’t that make them super susceptible to predation? those seem like very obvious markers that predatory arboreal animals would have a heyday with

luciecrystal
luciecrystal
5 months ago

Hornero 🖤 our national birdie

AwCmonNowShooguh
AwCmonNowShooguh
5 months ago

What happens when it rains

TracyJ48
TracyJ48
5 months ago

Kil’n it!

ezio640
ezio640
5 months ago

There was story of a this bird in a geral durruls book

l17charlie
l17charlie
5 months ago

Very cool!

car_crash_kid
car_crash_kid
5 months ago

João de Barro

stay-a-while-and----
stay-a-while-and----
5 months ago

But are they real?

Silver_Alpha
Silver_Alpha
5 months ago

And sometimes, after their offspring has grown and they leave the nests, other birds will use them for shelter, like sparrows and swallows.

kingof-potatos
kingof-potatos
5 months ago

They make the pizza

BatmanDelMercosur
BatmanDelMercosur
5 months ago

Oh yeah and they will build them over anything

LoverDeadly
LoverDeadly
5 months ago

The little “hornero!”

IgotCharlieWork
IgotCharlieWork
5 months ago

Is this a painting? Those birds look so strange!

allisonmaybe
allisonmaybe
5 months ago

How on Earth do you have a bird that looks like most other birds, but is predisposed to make little mudhuts on tree branches? Like, was there one creative bird one day and theyir brains literally evolved to make their homes this new way? Does the style change by region?

turtlepowerpizzatime
turtlepowerpizzatime
5 months ago

I first learned of these birds as a child from watching Three Caballeros!

I_Frunksteen-Blucher
I_Frunksteen-Blucher
5 months ago

Red ovenbird relieved to learn the origins of its name.

Ygota
Ygota
5 months ago

In Brazil, is called João de Barro, or Mud John.
huehue

hipponuggets_
hipponuggets_
5 months ago

r/dontputyourdickinthat

yeetmeacrossahighway
yeetmeacrossahighway
5 months ago

Did you mean: João de Barro •_•)

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