Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana)


Taxonomy

French: Géositte du Pérou German: Küstenerdhacker Spanish: Minero peruano
Taxonomy:

Geositta peruviana

Lafresnaye

, 1847,

vicinity of Lima, Peru

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Some plumage similarities, small size and biogeography have suggested to some authors that this species is most closely related to G. maritima, although fundamental differences in wing and tail patterns may indicate otherwise; moreover, genetic studies#R#R show that the two belong in different clades, any similarities being due to convergence. Has been considered close to G. cunicularia, but this seems unlikely. Older name, Anthus paytensis Lesson, 1837, supposedly applicable to present species but unidentifiable; formally suppressed by ICZN in 1977#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. p. paytae Ménégaux & Hellmayr, 1906 – NW Peru (Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash).
  • G. p. peruviana Lafresnaye, 1847 – W Peru (Ancash to Lima).
  • G. p. rostrata Stolzmann, 1926 – SW Peru (Ica).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 16–19 g. Small, pale miner with medium-length bill, conspicuous wing pattern in flight. Has buffy whitish supercilium, rest of face pale sandy greyish-... read more

    Voice

    Song by male in display-flight a prolonged musical twittering; call a short “tuit” or... read more

    Habitat

    Arid lowland scrub; sparsely vegetated, usually sandy, coastal desert; also on lomas; from... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, gleaned from ground. Forages solitarily or in pairs.

    Breeding

    Eggs in Jun. Presumably monogamous. One nest was at end of 2-m tunnel sloping downwards in sandy, level ground, other possible nests in... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA and Peru-Chile Pacific Slope EBA. Fairly common within the habitat which it occupies.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2018). Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56361 on 16 October 2018).