Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Puna Miner (Geositta punensis)


French: Géositte de la puna German: Altiplano-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero puneño

Geositta punensis


, 1917,

La Quiaca, 3300 m, Jujuy, Argentina


Plumage similarities suggest closest relationship with G. rufipennis and G. saxicolina, but genetic analysis#R suggests sister relationship with G. cunicularia. Monotypic.


Altiplano region of Andes of extreme S Peru (Puno, Moquegua), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí), NW Chile (Tarapacá S to Atacama) and NW Argentina (Jujuy S to Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm; 22–29 g. Medium-sized miner with medium-length bill, conspicuous wing pattern. Has supercilium buffy whitish, rest of face mostly pale... read more


Song a long shrill series of “veoo” notes, rising early and then descending, with some... read more


Puna grassland; mainly flat Altiplano grassland and barren puna, often sandy;... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods and seeds, gleaned from ground or small shrubs. Feeds singly or in pairs.


Breeds during austral summer; eggs and young in Oct–Jan in Chile; fledglings in Jan in Bolivia and Argentina. Presumably monogamous.... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Co-exists with humans on heavily grazed Altiplano, and presumably has done so for thousands of years. No known... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Bonan, A. (2020). Puna Miner (Geositta punensis). 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 28 January 2020).