Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana)


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

Geositta peruviana


, 1847,

vicinity of Lima, Peru


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


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


    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.


    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



    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 (2019). 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 on 6 December 2019).