Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Slender-billed Miner (Geositta tenuirostris)


French: Géositte à bec grêle German: Dünnschnabel-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero picudo

Alauda tenuirostris


, 1836,

no locality = Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia


Plumage characteristics suggest most closely related to G. cunicularia, and this is supported by genetic data#R#R; separation of the two in conventional linear sequences is a result of overemphasis on bill morphology in traditional taxonomy. Some specimens from NW Peru (Cajamarca) intermediate between nominate race and kalimayae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. t. kalimayae Krabbe, 1992 – Andes of C Ecuador (Cotopaxi).
  • G. t. tenuirostris (Lafresnaye, 1836) – Andes of Peru (Cajamarca S to Arequipa in W, and S from Huánuco on E slope), Bolivia and NW Argentina (S to Tucumán; one record La Rioja).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18 cm; 32–38 g. Large miner with long, decurved bill. Has dull buffy whitish supercilium, vague dark brownish postocular band and poorly defined moustachial... read more


    Song given in flight, sometimes continued on ground, a repetitive series of “jit” or... read more


    Puna grassland and scrub, sloping or flat, also pastures and agricultural land; often near... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items are Coleoptera, Lepidoptera larvae, spiders, and springtails (Collembola). Solitary or in pairs. Gleans and probes... read more


    Season generally during austral summer, but little information available; eggs in Dec, in Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Male performs... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common, including in lightly farmed areas. No obvious threats.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Slender-billed Miner (Geositta tenuirostris). 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 7 December 2019).