galapagos
vampire finch

galapagos vampire finch facts

Name: Vampire Finch or Sharp-beaked Ground Finch
Family: Thraupidae
Scientific Name: Geospiza difficilis
Length: tiny, less than 3 cm
Weight: 20 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:
Very similar to Small Ground Finch but bill longer and more pointed, the culmen being less curved. ADULT MALE: Wholly black with rufous undertail-coverts. FEMALE / IMMATURE: Generally darker than the other species of ground finch.

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