French: Géospize gris German: Laubsänger-Darwinfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin gris
P. L. Sclater and Salvin
Pinta (formerly Abington Island), Galapagos Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. becki
Rothschild, 1898 – Darwin I and Wolf I, in extreme NW Galapagos Is.
C. f. fusca
P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1870 – Pinta and Marchena, in N Galapagos Is.
C. f. mentalis
Ridgway, 1894 – Genovesa, in N Galapagos Is.
C. f. bifasciata
Ridgway, 1894 – Santa Fe, in C Galapagos Is.
C. f. ridgwayi
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 – Floreana, in S Galapagos Is.
C. f. luteola
Ridgway, 1894 – San Cristóbal, in SE Galapagos Is.
C. f. cinerascens
Ridgway, 1890 – Española, in SE Galapagos Is.
10 cm; 8 g. A small Darwin’s finch with characteristically long and pointed, parulid-like bill, short and weak tail. Has pale sandy-grey head and upperparts, slightly... read more
Often song a repeated series of notes, “chip-pi’pi’pi’pi’pi”,... read more
Arid lowlands of small and low islands. May forage on dry sand beaches at very edge of vegetation. read more
Food and feeding
Eats small insects and spiders (Araneae). Adults feed nestlings solely with arthropods. Usually forages in middle storey, but will use all... read more
Season Jan–May, on Genovesa beginning soon after first rains; up to three clutches laid within one season. Nest built by male alone,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread.
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