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Large Ground Finch


Large Ground Finch
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-01-25 9:46
Viewed: 1580
Points: 10
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LARGE GROUND FINCH
Geospiza magnirostris

Although Darwin's Finches are divided into 14 groups, they are very much alike in colouration, size and habitat. The only difference between them is the size and shape of their beaks. It is the differently evolved beaks that characterize these amazing birds. The finches all evolved from a single species called the Blue-Black Grassquit Finch (Volatinia jacarina) which was found along the Pacific coast of South America.

Once they settled on the Galapagos Islands, the finches adapted to their habitat and the size and shape of their beaks reflect their specializations.

Vegetarian Finch and Ground Finch all have crushing beaks while the Tree Finch have a grasping beak. The Cactus Finch, Warbler Finch and Woodpecker Finch all have probing beaks. This is how they are distinguished into their separate groups.

Although Darwin's Finches are divided into these groups, they are very much alike in colouration, size and habitat. The only difference between them is the size and shape of their beaks. It is the differently evolved beaks that characterize these amazing birds. The finches all evolved from a single species called the Blue-Black Grassquit Finch (Volatinia jacarina) which was found along the Pacific coast of South America.

Once they settled on the Galapagos Islands, the finches adapted to their habitat and the size and shape of their beaks reflect their specializations.

Vegetarian Finch and Ground Finch all have crushing beaks while the Tree Finch have a grasping beak. The Cactus Finch, Warbler Finch and Woodpecker Finch all have probing beaks. This is how they are distinguished into their separate groups.

The Ground Finches eat ticks which they remove with their crushing beaks from Tortoises, Land Iguanas and Marine Iguanas and they kick eggs into rocks to feed upon their contents.

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Hello Mr.Manyee,
Beautiful species.Nice details and pose.Beautiful light too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day tomorrow,
Srikumar

  • Great 
  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-01-25 18:54]

Thanks for photographing these strange species of Galapagos, I've seen them drawn in the travel notes of Charles Darwin, as this strange Finch broad peak.

Hugs,
Hernán Bortondello

Hello,
An unusual bird with an amazing beak.
Regards
Lucja

Hello Mr.Manyee,
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色華麗很有光澤和質感 第一次見到這種鳥真是很新奇
光線亮麗 整體清楚 羽毛有層次感的美麗 真的很棒
構圖美麗 背景深遂
謝謝分享
STONE

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-26 10:17]

Hi Manyee,
Perfect shot of this very interesting bird.
Nice colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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