Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Genovesa Cactus-finch (Geospiza propinqua)


French: Géospize voisin German: Opuntiengrundfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin de Genovesa picogrueso

Geospiza propinqua


, 1894,

Genovesa, Galapagos Islands


Previously considered conspecific with G. conirostris (which see; see also G. magnirostris for position of taxon darwini). Hybridizes rarely with G. magnirostris and also with smaller G. acutirostris. Monotypic.


Genovesa, in N Galapagos Is.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 28 g. A large cactus-finch (slightly smaller than formerly conspecific G. conirostris) with thick, yet long and robust bill; relatively short and weak-... read more


Song a fast doubled rolling series of burry musical churring notes, “cheeurrr-r-r-r-r-r cheeurrr-r-... read more


Arid lowland areas of dry scrub, as well as areas with prickly pear cactus (Opuntia).

Food and feeding

Feeds on prickly-pear (Opuntia) cactus pulp, flowers, fruits and insects. In one study, adults of present species, G.... read more


Season Jan–May, beginning within a week of first rains; up to four clutches within one season. Nest built by male, a sphere with entrance... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Galápagos Islands EBA. Common within its tiny range (Extent of Occurrence is 19 km²). Global population estimated at fewer... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Genovesa Cactus-finch (Geospiza propinqua). 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 on 12 December 2019).