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Geospiza scandens is a species of bird in the Darwin’s finch group of the tanager family Thraupidae. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, where it is found on most islands, with the notable exception of Fernandina, Española, Genovesa, Darwin and Wolf.
Most of these islands are inhabited by its close relative, the large cactus finch. Its natural habitats are dry scrub land and woodland. It is usually closely associated with the cactus Opuntia.
Sometimes known only as the Cactus Finch. The Common Cactus Finch or Geospiza scandens is widespread, being found on most of the larger islands in the Galapagos archipelago. It is one of the Geospiza, or ground-finch group, although both cactus-finch species have bills that are longer than that of the other ground-finches.
The bill of the Common Cactus Finch or Geospiza scandens is spike, thick at the base but long and tapering to a good point. The Cactus Finches also differ from other Geospiza in foraging heavily on the flower and seeds of Opuntia (prickly pear) cactus in the lowland arid zone.
Overall approximately a third of the Common Cactus Finch or Geospiza scandens diet are seeds from Opuntia cactus, and another third is made up of flowers while the rest includes other small seeds, and insects.
The Common Cactus-Finch’s call is a high “tip”. The song is a double note “zhhwe zhhwe”, but the bird can utter a more complex phrase “zhh-wah-wah zhh-wah-wah”. Males usually sing only one song type, and due to the large bill, this species produces relatively lower sounds than other finches.
The prickly-pear cactus Opuntia helleri provides food to the Common Cactus Finch or Geospiza scandens.
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