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Darwin's finches... Anybody dares? (1 Viewer)

Glimmer

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1. Isabela Highlands, end of july 20210726113440_IMG_8825-01.jpeg

2. Santa Cruz, village
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3. San Cristobal, near airport (dry bushy area)
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4. Española island
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5. Isabela, near coast
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6. San Cristobal, lowland
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7. San Cristobal
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8. San Cristobal
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Thanks!!!
 

njlarsen

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#1 looks like a common Cactus Finch; I think #6 is this also
#2 looks like a Medium Ground Finch as does #8
#3 could be a tree finch, presumably small tree F; same for #7
#4
Española Ground-Finch/Espanola Cactus FinchGeospiza conirostris
#5 Small ground finch or possibly a small-billed Medium GF

Niels
 

Glimmer

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Thanks Niels!!!

1 I'm thinking in woodpecker finch. It was in a big tree in an humid tree area at Isabela (no cactus there), in the way to the volcano. Also it was paler than "standard" females of Darwin finches.

3 Could be the vegetarian? It was mid size

6 Eating flowers... I have photos of cactus and the bill seems to be longer and with its particular shape...and they feed mostly on ground (when I saw them). But I really doubt and except cactus it does not fit with other

It's crazy trying to identify this birds in site.

Pd: I tried lorito but just not appear elsewhere
 

Brian J Small

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I have a little experience of these - You are being redirected... as well as having illustrated them for HBW

1. Woodpecker
2. Medium Ground
3. I think Small Ground, but possibly Small Tree - though Small Tree on San Cristobal salvini should not show hooded effect. On ebird there are some that look a little like yours, but beware there are several misidentified images and some that are indeed Small Tree, but clearly labelled for the wrong island
4. Large-billed Ground
5. Small Ground
6. Small Ground
7. Small Tree subsp salvini
8. Medium Ground
 

njlarsen

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I have a little experience of these - You are being redirected... as well as having illustrated them for HBW

1. Woodpecker
2. Medium Ground
3. I think Small Ground, but possibly Small Tree - though Small Tree on San Cristobal salvini should not show hooded effect. On ebird there are some that look a little like yours, but beware there are several misidentified images and some that are indeed Small Tree, but clearly labelled for the wrong island
4. Large-billed Ground
5. Small Ground
6. Small Ground
7. Small Tree subsp salvini
8. Medium Ground
Notice that Large Ground Finch does not occur on Espanola. Therefore, I am certain about my earlier id of #4.

Regarding the others:
It is difficult to judge the bill shape on #1. you might be right. Compare: Woodpecker Finch

For #6, looking at it again I agree. Compare with Small Ground Finch
Niels
 

Glimmer

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Thanks Niels and Brian!!!

Yes, finally I think that's right. 1 is clear woodpecker to me regarding the habitat and much paler colour, I can remember it perfectly. The photo is bad for identification purposes.

4 is conirostris, is the only species that ocurrs in Española of that kind.

3 seems a bit strange. It's the only doubt I have, it was feeding in the tree, hooded... but with the description of the subespecie salvini should be small ground.

So I didn't see any vegetarian then 😅
 

njlarsen

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Only additional comment is that I did not take any photos of hooded Small Tree Fs in San Christobal.

Niels
 

njlarsen

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Niels, did you see all the finches species in your trip? Did you write a trip report?
I did see most (mangrove finch can only currently be seen by researchers working with it is my impression). I also did not see the vampire finch and other splits that happened after I had been. I was on a arranged trip with Alvaro Jaramillo and a birding group where we had one week on a boat that did a non-standard circuit. Because of this way of visiting i did not do a report. I remember him remarking at one time that it would in the future be impossible to see all available species in a week because you now also need to visit the NW islands that otherwise mainly are visited for diving.

Niels
 
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