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PLAIN XENOPS Xenops minutus
The diminutive Xenops, with his bizarrely upturned bill is one of the most endearing of the furnarids (Furnariidae). Little larger than a hummingbird, he makes his way merrily through the canopy, hopping upside down along branches and peering inquisitively in search of foodstuffs, often using his bill like a chisel to prise open crevices and get at what is inside. Xenops are completely arboreal birds and never descend to the ground.
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FIGURE 1 - (FPAVE1118PH) Adult, Hotel Tirol, Departamento Itapúa (Paul Smith June 2005).
FIGURE 2 - (FPAVE1119PH) Dorsal view same individual as (FPAVE1118PH) (Regis Nossent June 2005).
FIGURE 3 - (FPAVE1120PH) Upperwing same individual as (FPAVE1118PH) (Paul Smith June 2005).
1 (FPAVE1121RE) Song recorded Ocampos, PN San Rafael, Departamento Itapúa (Myriam Velázquez October 2001).
2 (FPAVE1122RE) Call recorded Itabó Itaipú Departamento Alto Paraná (Myriam Velázquez September 2000).
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