Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Creamy-rumped Miner (Geositta isabellina)


French: Géositte isabelle German: Hellbürzel-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero grande

Certhilauda isabellina

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck

, 1864,

Cordilleras of Santiago Province, Valle Largo and Los Piuquenes, at 7000 feet [c. 2130 m] and 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], Chile


See G. maritima. Monotypic.


Andes of C Chile (Atacama S to Talca) and extreme WC Argentina (Catamarca, San Juan, Mendoza); winters N to Antofagasta.

Descriptive notes

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.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Bonan, A. (2020). Creamy-rumped Miner (Geositta isabellina). 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 17 February 2020).