galapagos
large cactus finch

galapagos large cactus finch facts

Name: Large Cactus Finch
Family: Thraupidae
Scientific Name: Geospiza conirostris
Length: 15 cm (5.9 in)
Weight: 28 grams

Category: Darwin Finches
Number of Species: 13
Endemic Species: 13

Darwin Finches, or Galapagos Finches, are small land birds with generally dull black, brown or olive, often streaky, plumage; short tails; and short, rounded wings. Their bills vary greatly in size and shape (a fact which was instrumental in inspiring Charles Darwin's thinking in relation to the theory of evolution - and hence the name given to this fascinating group of species).

Identification:
Plumage characteristics similar to the ground finches and Cactus finch. ADULT MALE: Wholly black with white-tipped undertail-coverts. FEMALE / IMMATURE: Dull black or dark grey, often with faint white fringes to the feathers on the underparts.

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