Vegetarian Male Finch Skull

$85.00

The male Vegetarian Finch has a black hood and bill, a sooty back, and a yellowish belly with dark streaks. The female is tan with a pale bill, a whitish or yellowish belly, and brown streaks on the underparts.

Description

Vegetarian Male Finch Skull Replica measures 1 inch. The Vegetarian Male Finch Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a birdwatching teaching tool, museum bird skull exhibit, home décor bird skull, or office décor skull.

Platyspiza crassirostris is a species of bird in the Darwin’s finch group of the tanager family Thraupidae. It is monotypic within the genus Platyspiza. It is endemic to the Galápagos Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

The vegetarian finch or Platyspiza crassirostris is one of the largest Galápagos finches, measuring 16 cm (6.3 in) in length and ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 oz. Its upright stance is described as “parrot-like”. Its beak is broad and stout, with a strongly curved culmen.

The male’s upperparts are olive-colored while his underparts are whitish, with smudgy streaking on the lower breast and flanks; some birds show rufous on the underparts. His lower flanks and undertail coverts are buffy.

He has a black hood, throat, breast and upper flanks. His iris is dark, and the bill is black in the breeding season and horn-colored during the rest of the year.

The vegetarian finch or Platyspiza crassirostris is largely a plant-eater. It feeds primarily on buds, leaves, flowers and fruit, and will strip the bark off twigs to get to the cambium and phloem which lies underneath.

Although it forages mainly in trees, it will descend to the ground to search for fallen fruits and young plant shoots. It also occasionally eats caterpillars.

The vegetarian finch or Platyspiza crassirostris feeds primarily at mid-levels, in what has been described as a “rather leisurely” manner.

Because its principal food items are soft, the vegetarian finch has a beak morphology unlike those of Darwin’s finches which specialize on hard seeds.

The beak is small and stout, with a steep profile and a strong curve in the upper mandible. Its primary function is food manipulation at the tip, rather than seed crushing at the base.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 1 in
Vegetarian Finch Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Platyspiza
Species: P. crassirostris
Binomial name: Platyspiza crassirostris
Conservation status: Least concern