large ground finch
galapagos large ground finch facts
Name: Large Ground Finch
Scientific Name: Geospiza magnirostris
Length: 16 cm
Weight: 27-39 g
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).
The largest of the ground finches with a massive bill, the depth at the base being equal to the length of the upper mandible. ADULT MALE: Wholly black with white-tipped undertail coverts. FEMALE / IMMATURE: Brown with streaked underparts.