Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Thick-billed Miner (Geositta crassirostris)


French: Géositte à bec épais German: Dickschnabel-Erdhacker Spanish: Minero picogrueso

Geositta crassirostris

P. L. Sclater

, 1866,

Lima, Peru


Closest to G. poeciloptera and G. rufipennis#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. crassirostris P. L. Sclater, 1866 – coastal hills of W Peru (Lima).
  • G. c. fortis Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1901 – Andes of SW Peru (Lima S to Arequipa).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18 cm; 49–54 g. Large miner with large, thick, long bill, conspicuous rufous and black patch in wing. Has whitish supercilium, dark grey-brown crown with... read more


    Song a series of c. 10 wheezy notes, rising and then falling in pitch, lasting c. 5 seconds. Flight... read more


    Arid montane scrub; brushy ravines adjacent to arid, rocky slopes with scattered shrubs and cacti,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods and some seeds, gleaned and excavated from ground. Solitary or in pairs.


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peru-Chile Pacific Slope EBA. Uncommon. Habitat occupied appears reasonably safe from anthropogenic disturbances... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Thick-billed Miner (Geositta crassirostris). 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 8 December 2019).