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Geospiza conirostris

Large Cactus-Finch

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae


Geospiza conirostris

San Cristobal, Galapagos; 18 February 2010 © Victor Fazio

The Large Cactus-Finch is one of the “ground-finch” group of Darwin’s Finches. Within the ground finches those that are slightly longer billed are called cactus-finches, although the division may be false. The two cactus-finches do not appear to be most closely related to each other, and in fact the three disparate and rather different looking populations of the Large Cactus-Finch may not be even each other’s closest relatives. In other words more than one species may be recognized in the future from the Large Cactus-Finch. These finches have large to massive (conirostris of Española Island) and are specialists on large and hard seeds; they are found on low islands with dry thorny brush habitats.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Large Cactus-Finch (Geospiza conirostris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Arid lowland scrub
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Peck
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  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern