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Small ground finch

Geospiza fuliginosa


The Small Ground Finch is one of Darwin's finches, a group of closely related birds which evolved on the Galápagos Islands. When Charles Darwin first collected the species in 1835, he thought it was a finch. John Gould, who officially described Darwin's specimens, agreed, placing it in the genus Fringilla with the Old World finches. By 1841, Gould had changed his mind, moving this and five other species into the new genus Geospiza — still a genus of finches, but distinct from those of the Old World. DNA research has now shown that all Darwin's "finches" are actually tanagers


Fernandina, Galapagos

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Spotted on Nov 26, 2012
Submitted on Dec 20, 2012

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