Campo Miner Geositta poeciloptera

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Sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Geobates, on account of its smaller size, shorter tail and bill, the Campo Miner is almost entirely confined to the Brazilian interior, although its range just penetrates eastern Bolivia. The plumage is generally grayish brown, marked by a striking bright rufous wing patch, which is most obvious in flight. Throughout its range the Campo Miner is dependent on treeless grasslands, although it can perhaps sometimes tolerate degraded areas, and seems especially fond of recently burnt areas, which the species appears to rapidly colonize and start to breed. However, Campo Miner is in many ways poorly known, and there are a number of unanswered questions concerning its life history. For instance, is the species capable of making comparatively long-distance movements between patches of generally suitable habitat, given that it seems to almost disappear from favored areas after breeding, and yet how is it capable of ‘recolonizing’ newly burnt areas so quickly, if the species is not in fact resident?

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Recommended Citation

Campo Miner (Geositta poeciloptera), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: