Dark-winged Miner / Geositta saxicolina

Dark-winged Miner / Geositta saxicolina

Dark-winged Miner

SCI Name:  Geositta saxicolina
Protonym:  Geositta saxicolina Proc.Zool.Soc.London(1874) (1874), Pt4 p.524
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Furnariidae /
Taxonomy Code:  dawmin1
Type Locality:  Junin, Peru.
Publish Year:  1875
IUCN Status:  


(Furnariidae; Common Miner G. cunicularia fissirostris) Gr. γεω- geō-  ground-, earth-  < γη gē  earth; genus Sitta Linnaeus, 1758, nuthatch; the terrestrial Common Miner was classified with the nuthatches, subfamily Sittinae, by Swainson 1837, because of its straight bill, short tail, and long hind-toe with a curved, lengthened claw; "GEOSITTA, Sw.  (fig. 283.)   Bill longer than the head, trigonal at the base, cylindrical beyond. Culmen rounded. The tip of the upper mandible entire, broader than high, and slightly bent over the lower. Wings long, pointed; the first quill nearly equal to the second and third, which are longest; tertials lengthened. Tail slightly forked. Feet slender. Anterior toes rather short; the lateral ones unequal, the claws small; hind toe as long as the middle toe, but shorter than the tarsus; the claw much lengthened, and slightly curved.  Chili.   G. anthoïdes.  Part 5. No. 129." (Swainson 1837 (Classif. Birds)); "129. GEOSITTA anthoïdes.  ...  Inhabits Chili." (Swainson 1837 (Anim. Menag.)); "Geositta SWAINSON, Classif. Birds, 2, p. 317, 1837— generic characters only; type by subs. desig. (SWAINSON, Anim. Menag., p. 323, Dec. 1837) Geositta anthoides SWAINSON = Alauda fissirostris KITTLITZ." (Hellmayr, 1925, Cat. Birds Americas, Pt. IV, 2); "Geositta Swainson, Classif. Bds., 2, 1837, p. 317, fig. 283.  Type, by monotypy, Geositta anthoides, Part 5, No. 129 = Alauda fissirostris Kittlitz." (Peters, 1951, VII, p. 58).  Fjeldså, Christidis & Ericson (eds.) 2020, treat this genus, together with Sclerurus, in the family Scleruridae.
Var. Geocitta.
Synon. Geobamon, Geobates.

Mod. L. saxicolina  chat-like (see Saxicola).
● Genus Saxicola Bechstein, 1802, wheatear (Geositta).
● Genus Saxicola Bechstein, 1802, chat; "Dice il D'Albertis che essi si posavano, come le nostre Sassicole, sulle pietri dei torrenti che discendono dai Monti Arfak; egli l'ensegui per un pezzo credendo di aver che fare con vere Saxicolae; alla fine stanchi di essere inseguiti andavano a posarsi sugli alberi che fiancheggiano i torrenti." (Salvadori 1874) (syn. Monachella muelleriana).