Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-banded Miner (Geositta rufipennis)


French: Géositte à ailes rousses German: Rotschwanz-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero rojizo

Geobamon rufipennis


, 1860,

Paraná, Entre Ríos; error = Sierra de Tucumán, Argentina


Although plumage similarities suggest closest relationship with G. punensis and G. saxicolina, genetic data#R indicate that this species groups with G. poeciloptera and G. crassirostris. Race fragai sometimes synonymized with hoyi#R. Birds of C Chile sometimes separated as race hellmayri, but probably better included in race fasciata (in any case, that name preoccupied by G. cunicularia hellmayri). Sight records from S Bolivia (Tarija) also included with fasciata, but racial identity requires confirmation. Seven subspecies tentatively recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Rufous-banded Miner (Geositta rufipennis). 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 13 December 2019).