galapagos
mangrove finch

galapagos mangrove finch facts

Name: Mangrove Finch
Family: Thraupidae
Scientific Name: Camarhynchus heliobates
Length: 14-15 cm
Weight: 18 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).

Identification:
Males and females are alike. Similar to Woodpecker Finch but slightly smaller, with a less heavy bill and generally greyer plumage which does not show yellowish tinges. The upperparts are grey-brown with a slight olive hue to the rump, and the underparts are greyish-white with some grey spotting on breast.

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