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Darwin's "finches"

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae

Darwin's "finches" represent a remarkable series of species that inhabit the Galápagos and Cocos Islands. They have diverged from the original colonizing species to give rise to around 15 species in four genera. They differ in their morphology and habits.
Darwin did not recognize their common origin, but was rather informed of this fact by his colleague John Gould.

I experienced a bit of a revelation myself in learning that Darwin's "finches" are no longer classified as true finches, but rather as tanagers! - in the family Thraupidae.

Gould's revelation

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Darwin's finch

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Darwin's finch
Floreana
July 29, 2010

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Darwin's finch
July 31, 2010

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Finch

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Darwin's finch
Galápagos
July 8, 2017
Canon 7Dmarkii

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Finch

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Darwin's finch
Galápagos
July 9, 2017
Canon 7Dmarkii

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Finch

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Galápagos finch
CDRF
Santa Cruz, Galápagos
July 8, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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Finch tail

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Galápagos finch
CDRF
Santa Cruz, Galápagos
July 8, 2017
Canon 7Dmark2

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"Finch"

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Galápagos finch
Isabela, Galápagos
June 26, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Finch bathing

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Galápagos finch
Isabela, Galápagos
June 26, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Galápagos finch
Isabela, Galápagos
June 26, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Galápagos finch
Isabela, Galápagos
June 26, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2
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Modified: January 2, 2018
Created: August 25, 2010
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