Friday, July 1, 2022

Small Tree Finch

My prior two posts are the medium ground finch and small ground finch, found in the Galapagos Islands and members of what are known as Darwin's finches. 
The small tree finch is the last of three Darwin's finches I saw. It is found on all the of main islands except Espanola, Genovesa, Marchena, Darwin and Wolf, but also absent on the most recent census in 2017 to 2018 from Rabida, Pinta and Santa Fe islands. It is most abundant on Santa Cruz Island, where I saw this one.
The Highlands of Santa Cruz Island.
Both males and females are born gray-brown, but males through annual moults attain a black crown and chin. I don't have to be concerned about it being a medium tree finch because that bird is limited to Floreana Island and is critically endangered, found only in a small range on that island.

1 comment:

  1. It looks golden rather than gray-brown. Love the wing feathers.