Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Furnariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  | Loc. Puerto Viejo, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  | Loc. Lomas de Lachay, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  | Loc. Lima | Ica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  | Loc. Lomas de Lachay, Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). Coastal Miner is sandy brown with a poorly defined pale superciliary. The wing coverts are grayish broadly edged with sandy brown. The webbing on the flight feathers is rufous, which is readily noticeable when the bird flies. The tail is gray with pale webbing on the outer tail feathers. It forages on the ground on the arid coastal plain. It is similar to the Grayish Miner but is distinguished by having rufous webbing on the wing, no black loral line, and by uniform sandy brown underparts.

Status: Endemic. The Coastal Miner is common on the coastal plain ranging up to 700 m along the foothill of the Andes. It ranges below the range of the similar Grayish Miner.

Name in Spanish: Minero Peruano.

Sub-species: Coastal Miner (Geositta peruviana paytae), Ménégaux and Hellmayr, 1906.  NW Peru (Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash).
(Geositta peruviana peruviana), Lafresnaye, 1847.  W Peru (Lima).
(Geositta peruviana rostrata), Sztolcman, 1926. SW Peru (Ica).

Meaning of Name: Geositta: Gr. geo= ground and genus Sitta, Linnaeus, 1758, nuthatch. One that looks like a (ground) nuthatch. peruviana: Peru. Originating or associated with the country of Peru.

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Distribution Mapcoastal miner



    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.