Plain Xenops

About the Plain Xenops

Also known as: Little Xenops

The Plain Xenops is a species of non-migratory songbird that lives across northern and eastern parts of Central and South America. They are somewhat secretive, living in forest habitat. They forage about tree trunks, moving in all directions much like a creeper.

The Xenops genus belongs to the ovenbird, or Furnariidae, family of birds. These birds build oven-like clay nests, though the Plain Xenops' nest is not as elaborate as some others in this family. There are three species in the Xenops genus: Plain Xenops; Streaked Xenops; and Slender-billed Xenops.

The Plain Xenops has a very large natural range and the conservation status for the species is Least Concern as of October 2014.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 November 2014
Scientific Name
Xenops minutus
  • Passeriformes
  • Furnariidae
  • Xenops
  • X. minutus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.3 to 4.7 inches
.32 to .46 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Bico-virado-miúdo
Chinese (汉语) 纯色翘嘴雀
Czech (Cesky) hrnčiříček prostý
Danish (Dansk) Træjæger
Dutch (Nederlands) Sparmanns Xenops
Finnish (Suomi) ruskopystynokka
French (Français) Sittine brune
German (Deutsch) Braunbauch-Baumspäher
Italian (Italiano) Xenope minuta
Japanese (日本語) ホオジロカマドドリ [hoojirokamadodori]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brunbukmeiskryper
Polish (Polski) pelzacznik bialowasy
Russian (русский язык) Малый клиноклюв
Spanish (Español) Picolezna Menudo
Swedish (Svenska) Grå xenops
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