Ecuador: Scientists work to save finches on Galapagos islands

Darwin’s finches (also known as the Galápagos finches) are a group of about thirteen species of birds.

It is still not clear which bird family they belong to, but they are not related to the true finches. They were first collected by Charles Darwin on the Galápagos Islands during the second voyage of the Beagle.

All are found only on the Galápagos Islands, except the Cocos Finch from Cocos Island.

An endangered species of birds is being fed scrambled eggs and papaya fruit to try and save them from extinction.

Scientists on the Galapagos Islands, are working to boost the number of Mangrove Finches.

They say the population has now dropped to between 60 and 80 birds, making them an endangered species.

To try and boost numbers, scientists are now raising and breeding chicks in captivity, also feeding them wasp larva and wax worms.

Under threat

The birds are under attack from rats as well as from parasites introduced by flies.

The Galapagos is a group of islands near to Ecuador in South America. It’s home to 13 different species of finches, six of which are in decline.

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