Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Vulnerable

Cocos Finch (Pinaroloxias inornata)


Taxonomy

French: Spizin de Cocos German: Kokosinsel-Darwinfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin de Cocos
Taxonomy:

Cactornis inornatus

Gould

, 1843,

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Cocos I, off SW Costa Rica.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 13·1–16 g. A small finch with long and narrow, finely pointed bill with curved culmen, giving slightly down­curved look, and relatively long tail. Male is almost... read more

Voice

Song a buzzy double note, “chz-zhweeeuu” or “phfft-zheeuu”, not unlike those of other Darwin’s... read more

Habitat

Found in practically every habitat on Cocos I: Hibiscus thickets along coasts, woodland,... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on soft fruit, nectar, arthropods and grass seeds. Four main types of foraging activity noted: eating Cecropia pittieri... read more

Breeding

Breeds throughout year, mostly Jan–May. Nest built by male, a sphere with entrance towards top and on side, made from dry grasses and... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Common to abundant; the most common landbird on Cocos. Appears to have high tolerance of disturbed habitats, such that habitat degradation may not have major... read more

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2018). Cocos Finch (Pinaroloxias inornata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/62166 on 17 December 2018).