Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Short-billed Miner (Geositta antarctica)


French: Géositte à bec court German: Feuerland-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero austral

Geositta antarctica


, 1880,

Tierra del Fuego


See G. maritima. Monotypic.


S Argentina (S Santa Cruz S to N Tierra del Fuego) and S Chile (Magallanes); in non-breeding season W & S Argentina (N to Mendoza).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 34–40 g. Moderate-sized miner with relatively short bill, and no prominent wing markings. Has pale supercilium, dark line behind eye; dull greyish-brown... read more


A series of doubled notes, “weetuk-weetuk-weetuk-weetuk-weetuk”; flight call a shrill... read more


Southern temperate grassland; barren plains with sparse grassland, scattered shrubs; also in sandy... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods and seeds, gleaned from ground. Forages solitarily or in pairs.


Breeds in austral summer; nests with eggs in Nov and young in Jan in S Chile. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel 0·5–1·5 m... read more


Mainly resident, e.g. present on Tierra del Fuego all year round. In Argentina, some post-breeding... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Southern Patagonia EBA. Abundant to fairly common. Habitat occupied appears to be reasonably safe from... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Short-billed Miner (Geositta antarctica). 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 25 February 2020).