Firewood Gatherer (Anumbius annumbi)
Firewood Gatherer, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image Urugaiana, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
August 2004

The Firewood Gatherer is distributed in central and south-east Brazil through Uruguay to northern Argentina and adjacent Paraguay. It is found in acacia savanna or espinilho, grassland and agricultural land where there are small scattered trees.

Firewood Gatherer, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image It has a whitish supercilium and a dull rufous forehead (which is lacking in the juvenile). The rest of the crown is light brown with dark streaks and the back has bolder blackish streaks while the tail is long and graduated. The throat is white bordered by blackish spots on the malar and breast while the rest of the underparts are dull buff with indistinct streaks. Its bill is relatively long and shows a slight downward curve.
Firewood Gatherer, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image The name derives from the large stick nests which are built conspicuously on small trees or on man-made structures such as telephone poles. They can be about a metre high and are roughly cylindrical in shape. The entrance is close to the top.
Firewood Gatherer, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Firewood Gatherer, Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
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