Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Vegetarian Finch (Platyspiza crassirostris)


French: Géospize crassirostre German: Dickschnabel-Darwinfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin vegetariano

Camarhynchus crassirostris


, 1837,

Galapagos Islands




Galapagos Is: on Pinta, Marchena, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, Rábida, Pinzón, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Floreana and satellites, and San Cristóbal.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 29–40 g. The largest Darwin’s finch, with longer and fuller tail than others, and more vertical stance; broad, stout bill strongly curved on culmen, giving... read more


Song a long, nasal drawn-out note, “ph’wheeeuuuuu-íííú... read more


Variety of habitats, primarily montane evergreen forest; most common in transition zone, but will... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds largely on leaves, flowers, buds and fruits; a true vegetarian, often when sighted has a leaf or bud in bill. Forages mostly at... read more


Breeds primarily in wet season. Nest domed, with side entrance, made from grass. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon; widespread. No evidence of any population declines.

Recommended citation

Jaramillo, A. (2018). Vegetarian Finch (Platyspiza crassirostris). 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 23 March 2018).