“Inner Campos Geraës of Brazil” = Minas Gerais–Bahia border.
Often placed in a monotypic genus Geobates on account of slightly smaller size, shorter tail and bill, and bright cinnamon axillaries, but otherwise similar to current congeners in behaviour and voice; placement in Geositta supported by genetic data#R#R. Plumage features and lowland distribution suggest that this species is related to G. cunicularia, but DNA sampling places it in a group with G. crassirostris and G. rufipennis#R. Monotypic.
Interior Brazil (locally from C Mato Grosso, S Tocantins#R and C Bahia S to C Minas Gerais, São Paulo and N Paraná) and E Bolivia (extreme NE Santa Cruz); old record from E Paraguay.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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