Dark-winged Miner (Geositta saxicolina)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin, Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Milloq, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Ticlio, Lima

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Yauyos | Milloq, Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~16.5 cm (6.4 in). The Dark-winged Miner has brownish upperparts and crown. The sides of the head and forehead are buffy. The wing coverts are edged with buff. The underparts are pale tinged with buff. The webbing on the wing is gray. The lower rump and tail are pale buff with a broad dark terminal band, which is readily seen when the bird flies. It forages on the ground in areas with short grass and sparse boulders. It is similar to the Common Miner but is distinguished by having buffy sides of the head and face, and by having a gray wing. It does not overlap with the also similar Coastal Miner.

Status: Endemic. The Dark-winged Miner is fairly common is a restricted area in Central Peru where it ranges at elevations between 4000-4900 m.

Name in Spanish: Minero Andino.

Sub-species: Dark-winged Miner (Geositta saxicolina), Taczanowski, 1875.

Meaning of Name: Geositta: Gr. geo= ground and genus Sitta, Linnaeus, 1758, nuthatch. One that looks like a (ground) nuthatch. saxicolina: Genus Saxicola Bechstein, 1802.

See more of the Family Furnariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapdark-winged 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.