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Mangrove Finch

Camarhynchus heliobates


This little Mangrove Finch is the first ever to hatch in captivity. It happened today at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Galapagos! Background: All small birds on Galapagos, particularly all Darwins Finches, are threatened by an introduced parasitic fly which attacks and kills nestlings. Mangrove Finches are the rarest of them all, with only 60 to 80 individuals in existence today. For more detail go to and


Native habitat is Mangrove forest on the west coast of Isabela and east coast of Fernandina Islands. The surviving population is now restricted to 30 has of Mangrove on the west coast of Isabela.

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xavibarreda 8 years ago

Enhorabuena!!!! Gran noticia!, esperemos que el progarma de cría en cautividad ayude a conservar una especie tan singular y amenazada. Saludos.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Thank you fir your wonderful work.

Parroquia Bella Vista, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Feb 27, 2014
Submitted on Feb 28, 2014

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