The Woodpecker Finch

The third of the covers: The Woodpecker Finch

Extract from Darwin’s Log 1835 – Galapagos Islands

“Of  landbirds I obtained twenty-six kinds, all peculiar to the Galapagos and found nowhere else, with the exception of one lark like finch from North America. The other twenty-five birds consists, firstly, of a hawk, two owls, a wren, three fly-catchers, a dove, a swallow, three species of mocking thrush. The remaining landbirds form a most singular group of finches, related to each other in the structure of their beaks, short tails, form of body and plumage. There are thirteen species which Mr Gould has divided into four sub-groups. All these species are peculiar to this Archipelago.”


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