Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Greyish Miner (Geositta maritima)


French: Géositte grise German: Grauerdhacker Spanish: Minero gris

Certhilauda maritima

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Cobija, “Bolivia” (= northern Chile)


Absence both of wingband and of rufous in tail unique within genus, but genetic data#R#R indicate that this species is part of a clade which also contains G. antarctica, G. saxicolina and G. isabellina. Monotypic.


W Peru (S from Ancash) and N Chile (S to Atacama).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 16–17 g. Small, dull miner with medium-length bill, without wingband or highly patterned tail. Has dull buff supercilium, vague blackish-brown... read more


Song an unmu­sical “te-cerrrr” sometimes followed by additional series of rising... read more


Arid lowland scrub; flat to hilly or mountainous, rocky and sandy desert, usually with little or no... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods and some seeds, gleaned or excavated from ground. Forages singly or in pairs.


Season presumably during austral summer; eggs in Nov in Chile. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel, possibly excavated by the... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common within its restricted habitat. Unsuitability of most of its habitat for use by humans appears to insulate this species from most... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Greyish Miner (Geositta maritima). 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 7 December 2019).