Protonym: Geositta punensis Physis[BuenosAires] 3 no.13 p.54
Taxonomy: Passeriformes / Furnariidae / Geositta
Taxonomy Code: punmin1
Type Locality: La Quiaca, 3300 meters, Jujuy, Argentina.
Publish Year: 1917
IUCN Status: Least Concern
(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.
Synon. Geobamon, Geobates.
● Puno Dept., Peru (Asthenes, Crypturellus, Grallaria).
● Isla Puná, Ecuador (Contopus, syn. Mimus longicaudatus albogriseus, subsp. Speotyto cunicularia).
● Spanish puna (from Quechua), the high bleak Andean plateau above about 10000ft (3000m) (Geositta, Phrygilus).
UPPERCASE: current genus
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