French: Géositte à ailes rousses German: Rotschwanz-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero rojizo
Paraná, Entre Ríos; error = Sierra de Tucumán, Argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
G. r. fasciata
(R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] & Landbeck, 1864) – W Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí; sight records from Tarija) and Pacific slope of N & C Chile (Atacama S to Malleco).
G. r. harrisoni
Marín et al., 1989 – N Chile (SW Antofagasta).
G. r. rufipennis
(Burmeister, 1860) – NW Argentina (Jujuy S to San Juan).
G. r. fragai
Nores & Yzurieta, 1986 – NW Argentina (Cerro Famatina, in La Rioja).
G. r. ottowi
Hoy, 1968 – WC Argentina (Sierra de Córdoba).
G. r. hoyi
Contreras, 1980 – W Argentina (Mendoza S to N Neuquén) and S Chile (S Aisén).
G. r. giaii
Contreras, 1976 – SW Argentina (S Neuquén S to Chubut); recorded farther S, in Santa Cruz, and perhaps also in extreme S Chile (Magallanes)#R.
14–17 cm; 25–54 g. Middle-sized to large miner with straight, medium-length bill, striking wing pattern. Nominate race has conspicuous pale supercilium, dark... read more
Song a fast series (c. 5 per second) of buzzy, trilled notes on same pitch, interrupted by bursts... read more
Puna grassland and arid montane scrub; dry rocky slopes, plateaux, or flat areas with... read more
Food and feeding
ArthropodsBird capturing a scorpion; also seeds, especially of Coliguaya odorifera (Euphorbiaceae), and leaf buds. Forages... read more
Breeds during austral summer; eggs in Nov–Mar in Argentina; nestlings in Nov in Chile. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel 0... read more
Mainly resident; some post-breeding movement to lower elevations in Chile and Argentina. S races... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout range. Habitat reasonably safe from anthropogenic disturbance, except overgrazing.
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