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16â€“23 cm (6Â¼-9Â½ in)
 Similar Species
Five subspecies are recognized:
Open and semi open areas. Agricultural lands, urban parks and gardens, tropical savanna.
Their diet consists of insects (e.g. termites or ants) and some other invertebrates, foraged on the ground or under fallen trunks. They can also be seen eating food intended for human consumption.
The construct an oven-like nest ("horno" means oven in Spanish), made of straw and manure mixed with mud. The nest can be used again, after some changes, but never for two seasons in a row, so the couple alternate between two or three nests each season. When there is not enough space to build new nests, the pair will build another next to, or even on top of, an older nest. The nests can be occupied by other bird species as well. From this nest is derived the genus name Furnarius, as well as the family name Furnariiidae, from the Latin root for oven.
These birds don't hop, they walk. Sometimes they do it fast, sometimes like that, kind of slow motion and funny. They stop abruptly most of the times.
The couple usually calls loudly in duets, while vibrating their wings.
 In Culture
It is the National Bird of Argentina.
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