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Puna miner

Geositta punensis

Photo by Nick Athanas (Antpitta)

Common name:
puna miner (en); curriqueiro-da-puna (pt); géositte de la puna (fr); minero puneño (es); punaerdhacker (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Furnariidae

Range:This species is found in southern Peru, south-western Bolivia, northern Chile and north-western Argentina.

These birds are 15-16 cm long and weigh 22-29 g.

The puna miner is found in high-altitude grasslands and sometimes also in scrublands, at altitudes of 3.000-5.000 m.

They feed on the ground, taking insects and other arthropods.

Puna miners nest in a burrow on the ground, with an incubation chamber at the end lined with grasses, feathers and hair. There the female lays 2-3 whitish eggs which are incubated by both parents for about 2 weeks. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge about 18 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is described as uncommon. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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