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Photo by Sylvester_b
Photo taken: Rabida, Galapagos, Ecuador, November 2005
Certhidea olivacea


10 cm
Notice the long pointed bill giving a warbler-like impression, especially combined with the short weak tail.
Upperside most often olive green with more buffy underside, but on some islands much more plain sandy-coloured. The male may develop a reddish to orange throat patch that can be very obvious.

Similar Species

Grey Warbler-Finch male never develops a throat patch; it is on average duller and greyer but with much overlap.

Photo by NJLarsen
Photo taken: Highlands of Isabela, Galapagos, Ecuador, August 2015


Endemic to the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) found on Santiago, Rabida, Pinzon, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz. Range does not overlap with Gray Warbler Finch.


This is a monotypic species[1].

It has in the past been considered conspecific with Gray Warbler-Finch.


Prefers semi-humid forest and scrub and is mostly found at higher elevation.



Their diet consists of small insects and spiders.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC proposal to split Warbler Finch
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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