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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

Mangrove Finch: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Mangrove finch facts for kids are fascinating

If you are a bird lover, this article is for you. In this very article, we shall be discussing the beautiful and magnificent mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) that has been living in the mangroves of the Galapagos Islands for ages. Mangrove forests in the Galapagos Islands house a variety of birds, and the mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) is one of them. The mangrove finch is one of the 18 finch species that Charles Darwin had studied in the Galapagos Islands. Over time due to excess inter-specific struggle, the population count of these species has decreased rapidly. These Galapagos residents are now less than 100 in numbers and need conservation.

Further in the article, we shall be studying some interesting and fun facts about these rare species. If you are concerned about their conservation, there are many trusted funds for the mangrove finches available on the internet. And if you are someone who enjoys reading bird facts, then check out these amazing articles on hawk facts and song thrush facts too.

Mangrove Finch Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a mangrove finch?

The mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates), as the name suggests, is a bird species that lives in the mangroves of the Galapagos Islands. These rarest birds are from the family Thraupidae and are listed as Critically Endangered species and need protection to survive.

What class of animal does a mangrove finch belong to?

Mangrove finches belong to the class Aves, family Thraupidae, order Passeriformes, and genus Camarhynchus. Camarhynchus heliobates is the mangrove finch scientific name.

How many mangrove finches are there in the world?

Mangrove finch, according to the IUCN Red List, is classified as Critically Endangered. According to several latest censuses, the number count of this species lies between 70-100 in the world. There are several reasons behind the continuous decline in their numbers. Due to fewer interbreeding scopes and increasing death rates due to natural predators available, their population is decreasing by leaps and bounds. For the conservation of these bird species, a Mangrove Finch Project is being carried out. The Mangrove Flinch Project is carried out by institutions such as Charles Darwin Foundation and several other trusts and funds.

Where does a mangrove finch live?

Mangrove finches can be found sitting in the trees and forest edges in the mangroves of the Galapagos Islands. These small birds are happy and active. But the sad truth is that they are in the mouth of extinction as they are already classified as Critically Endangered.

What is a mangrove finch's habitat?

Galapagos Island is known as the only mangrove finch habitat as the mangrove finches inhabit the Galapagos Islands and can be found nowhere else. It falls under the category of one of the rarest birds that inhibits the planet. Earlier, these birds could be found in their natural habitat, the islands of Fernandina and Isabela, but now they can be only found in the Isabela Islands.  

Who does mangrove finch live with?

Finches, in general, are very social birds. They live in groups for several reasons, such as protection from predators and scavenging food during the breeding season. These birds form strong pairs, which sometimes last a lifetime.

How long does a mangrove finch live?

It is expected that finch species survive an average age of 10 years. Though some finch species are kept in captivity, keeping mangrove finch as pets is strictly prohibited. Only some authorized firms have the license to keep them in captivity but only for breeding purposes so that their population can be increased.

How do they reproduce?

Mangrove finches, also known as Darwin's Finches, have their breeding season between the months of December to April. In the breeding season, the male birds keep their hold on a specific territory which may last for a year. Then with the help of their song, they attract the female birds, and the breeding begins. Generally, the male and female birds together make their nest on the canopy. After all these processes, the female lays three to four eggs which go through an incubation period of around two weeks. The nestlings take some days to become young and independent. But even after that, the young birds tend to follow their parents for some weeks.

What is their conservation status?

According to the IUCN Red List, the mangrove finch is classified as a Critically Endangered species with a population count of less than 100 at present. For their conservation, many institutions, firms, and trusts such as the Charles Darwin Foundation have started the Mangrove Finch Project.

Mangrove Finch Fun Facts

What does a mangrove finch look like?

Mangrove finches are wild birds with dull brown-colored feathers existing in the Galapagos Islands. Their underbody is light-colored (kind of whitish) with dark streaks on them. The male birds have small characteristic differences, such as they grow blackish feathers on their head and near the neck. Both the sexes have long bill evolved for searching for food in uneven places. The mangrove finch beak (bill) is brown-black in color. These finch species grow to a length of 5.5 in (14 cm) and can weigh up to an extent of 0.4-0.6 oz (11-17 g). Some other beautiful and colorful finches that inhibit the world are the Gouldian finch and the red-headed finch.

(The mangrove finches are a very rare bird species seen in Galapagos

How cute are they?

The mangrove finch is one of the finch species narrated by Charles Darwin. They are very cute and adorable but are Critically Endangered and standing on the verge of extinction. The Charles Darwin Foundation, through the Mangrove Finch Project, is trying its best so that this amazingly adorable species can thrive well in its natural habitat.

How do they communicate?

Mangrove finches are not loud in nature. They communicate through cute chirps. All finches have a sweet oscillating voice that is bliss to the ear. The real beauty of their song is confirmed in the breeding season when the male birds sing to attract the female in the wild.

How big is a mangrove finch?

The mangrove finch is a small native bird of the Galapagos Islands. These finch species grow to a maximum length of 5.5 in (14 cm) and can weigh up to an extent of 0.4-0.6 oz (11-17 g). The size of this bird can be compared to a sparrow.

How fast can a mangrove finch fly?

The exact information about a mangrove finch's flight speed is yet to be known. But they are small and timid species and live with so many natural predators. They must have developed a fast flying speed. They can reach a good elevation but again, exactly how high they can fly is yet to be measured.

How much does a mangrove finch weigh?

The Darwin's Finches are small birds that exist in the Galapagos Islands and their weight ranges between 0.4-0.6 oz (11-17 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Darwin's Finches reside in the Galapagos Islands. Both the sexes have similar features. So no distinct name has been provided to the species so far.

What would you call a baby mangrove finch?

A baby finch will be known as a chick like other Ave babies.

What do they eat?

The mangrove finch eats a variety of food found in their habitat in the Galapagos such as insects, insect larvae, small flies, and spiders. Other than insects, these finches eat veggies and fruits too.

Are they poisonous?

No, they don't inherit poison. And that's why it's easier for destructive black rats and other predators to eat their eggs and babies.

Would they make a good pet?

Keeping these birds as pets is very restricted because of their Critically Endangered conservation category. They belong to the wild only.

Did you know...

Galapagos Island is famous for the variety of finch species that reside there. The mangroves of Galapagos Island provide shelter to 18 finch species in the world. The 18 species are the Genovesa ground finch, the Espanola cactus finch, the Sharp-beaked ground finch, Vampire finch, Medium ground finch, the Genovesa cactus finch, the Small ground finch, the Common ground finch, the Large ground finch, the Large tree finch, the Medium tree finch, the Small tree finch, the Woodpecker finch, the mangrove finch, the Green warbler-finch, the Grey warbler-finch, the Cocos finch and the Vegetarian finch.

The finch had to adapt to survive. There is a common difference between the finch species. And it's their beak's size and pattern. According to the evolution theory, the finch species with bigger beaks survived. Bigger beaks gave them easier access to food. According to Darwin, the beak of the ancestral species evolved to different sizes so that different finch species could access different food sources.

Are they predators?

This rarest of species feeds on several varieties of insects. So it can be concluded that these creatures are predators of insects. But they are hunted by some introduced predators such as the black rats.

Do finches still exist?

Yes, Darwin's Finches do exist. But with a very little number of population. Their population count is below 100 at present. These birds are conserved in restricted areas. To gradually reduce and finally check this population downfall, the Charles Darwin Foundation is working sincerely towards their conservation by several acts such as giving these birds the environment to breed, protecting the eggs and young ones from getting killed by their natural predators, providing healthcare, and a lot more.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our great green macaw facts and secretary bird facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable mangrove finch coloring pages.

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