sylvia's picture

Darwins Finch

Observed: 10th April 2008 By: sylvia

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


David Jardine's picture

Cactus Finch

It is difficult to tell the shape of this bill easily because it is held open - however, I think its long length points to a cactus finch rather than a ground finch

sylvia's picture

Thank you

Thank you

Best Regards

the naturalist man's picture


Of the finches found on Santa Cruz the beak suggests either sharp-beaked ground-finch (Geospiza difficilis) or the common cactus-finch (Geospiza scandens). Unfortunately without a scale it is very hard to tell which.

The pink bill indicates this is a non-breeding bird, the bill goes black when the bird is breeding. The streaky plumage suggests it is a female.

Could do with a scale and the beak closed to be sure. However, the whole group are dynamic and beak shape and size can be influenced by environmental factors as well as species.

Graham Banwell

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