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Xenops is a genus of three ovenbirds belonging to the tribe Xenophini of the family Furnariidae.

These small birds live in tropical rain forest in Mexico, Central America and South America.

They are about 125 mm (5 in) long and have a longish tail, brown back and a buff or rufous wing stripe. The laterally flattened bill has an upturned tip (except in the slender-billed xenops).

The male and female work togther to make a nest in a hole in an old tree. After the female lays too eggs, the parents take turns keeping them warm. The eggs hatch in about two weeks.

The birds forage for ants and other insects on bark, rotting stumps, branches or bare twigs. y move mechanically in all directions on the trunk like a woodcreeper, but do not use the tail as a prop.

The genus included the rufous-tailed xenops, but this has been moved to the monotypic Microxenops.


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