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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Tyranni
Infraordo: Tyrannides
Parvordo: Furnariida
Superfamilia: Furnarioidea

Familia: Furnariidae
Subfamilia: Sclerurinae
Genus: Geositta
Species (12): G. antarctica – G. crassirostris – G. cunicularia – G. isabellina – G. maritima – G. peruviana – G. poeciloptera – G. punensis – G. rufipennis – G. saxicolina – G. tenuirostris

Geositta Swainson, 1837

Alauda cunicularia Vieillot, 1816 = Geositta cunicularia


Geobates Swainson, 1838
Geobamon Burmeister, 1860
Geocitta P.L. Sclater, 1862 [variation]

Primary references

Swainson, W.J. 1837. On the natural history and classification of birds. The Cabinet Cyclopæedia. Natural History. 2: 398 pp. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman & John Taylor. London. BHL Reference page. Original description p.317 fig.283 BHL


Cheviron, Z.A.; Capparella, A.P. & Vuilleumier, F. 2005. Molecular phylogenetic relationships among the Geositta miners (Furnariidae) and biogeographic implications for avian speciation in Fuego-Patagonia. The Auk 122: 158-174. DOI: 10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0158:MPRATG]2.0.CO;2Reference page.
Derryberry, E., Claramunt, S., Derryberry, G., Chesser, R.T., Cracraft, J., Aleixo, A., Pérez-Emán, J., Remsem, Jr, J.V. & Brumfield, R.T. 2011. Lineage diversification and morphological evolution in a large-scale continental radiation: the Neotropical ovenbirds and woodcreepers (Aves: Furnariidae). Evolution 65: 2973–2986. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01374.x Full article (PDF). Reference page.

Geositta is a genus of passerine birds in the ovenbird family, Furnariidae. They are known as miners (not to be confused with the unrelated miners, Manorina, of Australia) due to the tunnels they dig for nesting. There are 11 species including the campo miner (Geositta poeciloptera) which was formerly classified in a genus of its own, Geobates. They inhabit open country in South America, particularly the Andean and Patagonian regions. They are ground-dwelling birds, somewhat resembling the larks and wheatears of other continents. They are mostly drab brown in coloration and often have a fairly long and slender bill.
Species list

The genus contains 11 species:[1]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Geositta peruviana 1.jpg Geositta peruviana Coastal miner Peru.
Geositta cunicularia cunicularia 1.jpg Geositta cunicularia Common miner Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, parts of Peru and Bolivia and in southernmost Brazil.
Geositta tenuirostris 1.jpg Geositta tenuirostris Slender-billed miner Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.
Geositta antarctica Short-billed miner Santa Cruz Province and Tierra del Fuego
Geositta isabellina Creamy-rumped miner Argentina and Chile.
Dark-winged miner.JPG Geositta saxicolina Dark-winged miner Peru.
Grayish Miner.jpg Geositta maritima Greyish miner Chile and Peru
Puna Miner.JPG Geositta punensis Puna miner Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru.
Geositta rufipennis - Rufous-banded miner.jpg Geositta rufipennis Rufous-banded miner Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.
Geositta poeciloptera - Campo miner.JPG Geositta poeciloptera Campo miner Brazil and far northeastern Bolivia
Thick-billedMiner.jpg Geositta crassirostris Thick-billed miner Peru.


Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Ovenbirds, woodcreepers". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

Jaramillo, Alvaro; Burke, Peter & Beadle, David (2003) Field Guide to the Birds of Chile, Christopher Helm, London
South American Classification Committee (2007) A classification of the bird species of South America, part 6. Retrieved 08/06/07.

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