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Photo © by NJLarsen
Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador, 16 August 2015
Camarhynchus parvulus

Identification

11 cm; has a small rounded bill
Male in terminal plumage has black hood, olive-brownish upperside and pale underside; streaking is usually weak. Female is mostly olive-brownish to greyish, and it may be slightly more streaked. Bill is dark in breeding male varying to yellowish in nonbreeding birds. Eyes and legs are dark.

Distribution

Endemic to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Taxonomy

Two subspecies are recognized:

  • C. p. parvulus - most larger islands in Galapagos
  • C. p. salvini - St. Christobal island

Habitat

Photo © by momo
Isla Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador, 1/1 2009

Forests and areas with taller shrubs.

Behaviour

Insects seems to be a major food source but also feeds on seeds and other plant materials including nectar. Food is mostly obtained in trees but may also be found on the ground.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Swash, A & R Still 2005. Birds, Mammals and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands, 2nd ed. Christopher Helm and Wildguides Ldt. ISBN 978-0-7136-7551-1
  3. Jaramillo, A. and D. A. Christie (2020). Small Tree-Finch (Camarhynchus parvulus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.smtfin1.01

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