Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Small Tree-finch (Geospiza parvula)


Taxonomy

French: Géospize minuscule German: Zwergdarwinfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin chico
Taxonomy:

Geospiza parvula

Gould

, 1837,

Santiago (formerly James Island), Galapagos Islands

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See G. psittacula. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. p. parvula Gould, 1837 – Pinta, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, Rábida, Pinzón, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and Floreana, in Galapagos Is.
  • G. p. salvini (Ridgway, 1894) – San Cristóbal, in SE Galapagos Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 11–16 g. The smallest tree-finch, with tiny rounded bill shape similar to that of some Sporophila seedeaters; proportionately short and weak tail. Male... read more

    Voice

    Song a high-pitched double note, “zee-tzee, zee-tzee”; song parameters appear... read more

    Habitat

    Forest areas, agricultural land with trees, also in parts of drier zone where tall shrubs and other... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mostly insects and other small arthropods; also seeds, fruit, buds, and sometimes flower nectar. Forages mostly above ground in... read more

    Breeding

    Nest built by male, a sphere with entrance at side towards top, made from dry grasses and other vegetation (often moss and lichen used in... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread. Appears to be the most common and the most widespread of the Galapagos tree-finches. Recent increase in prevalence of avian... read more

    Recommended citation

    Jaramillo, A. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Small Tree-finch (Geospiza parvula). 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/62171 on 20 June 2018).