Woodpecker finch

Cactospiza pallida

TAXONOMY

Cactornispallida Slavin and Slavin, 1870, Galápagos Islands. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Géospize pique-bois; German: Spechtfink; Spanish: Chimbito Pálido.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

6 in (15 cm). Sexes similar in color. Upperparts brown or olive-brown, with little streaking. Underparts whitish with slight streaking on breast.

DISTRIBUTION

Galápagos Islands.

HABITAT

Mixed cactus and trees with dense understory; less common in arid areas.

BEHAVIOR

Solitary or occurring in small groups, probably family groups.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Eat largish insects that they find behind bark. They probe into dead wood, in bark, or by flaking off bark using a cactus spine or twig,

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Not available.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Fairly common on several islands.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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