French: Géospize psittacin German: Papageischnabel-Darwinfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin lorito
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. habeli
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1870) – Pinta and Marchena, in N Galapagos Is.
G. p. affinis
(Ridgway, 1894) – Fernandina and Isabela, in W Galapagos Is.
G. p. psittacula
(Gould, 1837) – Santiago, Rábida, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and Floreana, in C & S Galapagos Is. Previously also Pinzón (last seen in 1906)#R.
13 cm; 15–21 g. The largest tree-finch, tail proportionately short and weak, deep bill approximately as long as it is deep, strongly arched culmen, mandible tips cross... read more
Song a repeated series of 4–6 notes given in pairs, “chu-tzee chu-tzee chut-zee... read more
Highland forests; may move to lower elevations during dry season.
Food and feeding
Food mainly arthropods, also native fruits. Forages under leaves and excavates dead branches in search of insects.
Breeds mainly in wet season. Pair-bond may be kept over successive seasons. Nest built by male, a sphere with entrance towards top at side... read more
Resident; some downslope movement in dry season suspected.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Uncommon; widely distributed in the archipelago. Apparently extinct on Pinzón (Duncan) and Baltra (Seymour). Likely extinct on Floreana through... read more
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