Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Campo Miner (Geositta poeciloptera)


French: Géositte des campos German: Camposerdhacker Spanish: Minero brasileño

Anthus poecilopterus


, 1830,

“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.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 17–19 g. Small, short-tailed miner with bright rufous wing pattern and medium-length bill. Has crown dull greyish-brown with darker brown vague spots on... read more


Male song a repeated whistled “sweep” in display-flight; call “pit-pit”. read more


Campo grassland and treeless cerrado, especially where recently burned; 500... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; recorded items brought to nestlings are Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, mantids (Mantidae), spiders. Forages singly or in pairs. Food... read more


Nests found in Sept. Wing-raising display from termite mound and hovering aerial display recorded. Three nests known in detail, each... read more


Probably resident; as it appears so soon at burns, even when ground still smoking, must be highly... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Generally uncommon to rare. In Brazil, rare in Serra da Canastra National Park (IUCN Cat. II; 1978 km2); also occurs in Emas National Park (IUCN Cat. II; 1326 km2... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Campo Miner (Geositta poeciloptera). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).