French: Géositte grise German: Grauerdhacker Spanish: Minero gris
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1837,
Cobija, “Bolivia” (= northern Chile).
W Peru (S from Ancash) and N Chile (S to Atacama).
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
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