French: Géositte isabelle German: Hellbürzel-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero grande
R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck
Cordilleras of Santiago Province, Valle Largo and Los Piuquenes, at 7000 feet [c. 2130 m] and 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], Chile
Andes of C Chile (Atacama S to Talca) and extreme WC Argentina (Catamarca, San Juan, Mendoza); winters N to Antofagasta.
17·5–18·5 cm; 38–48 g. Large miner with relatively long decurved bill, no conspicuous wing patch. Has pale supercilium; uniform pale sandy buff... read more
Song loud, strident trill of 3–12 notes, given in display-flight or from prominent perch on... read more
Puna grassland; in puna on barren slopes of high Andes, especially near rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, gleaned from ground and rocks. Feeds singly or in pairs.
Season presumably during austral summer; young in Feb and Mar in Chile. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel excavated in... read more
Mainly resident; some downslope movement, to 2000 m, after breeding.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon, and with small geographical range. Habitat is reasonably safe from anthropogenic disturbances, except overgrazing.
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