Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Woodpecker Finch (Camarhynchus pallidus) - HBW 16, p. 679

French: Géospize pique-bois German: Spechtdarwinfink Spanish: Pinzón de Darwin Carpintero

Taxonomy: Cactornis pallida P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1870, Santa Cruz (formerly Indefatigable Island), Galapagos Islands.
Recent molecular-genetic research suggests that the Galapagos group consisting of present genus and Certhidea, Platyspiza and Geospiza, known collectively as “Darwin’s finches”, is allied to the tanagers (Thraupidae), being closest to Coereba, Tiaris and several Caribbean genera. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • productus Ridgway, 1894 - Fernandina (formerly Narborough I) and Isabela (Albemarle), in W Galapagos Is.
  • pallidus (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1870) - Santiago (James), Rábida (Jervis), Pinzón (Duncan), Baltra (Seymour), Santa Cruz (Indefatigabale) and Floreana (Charles), in C & S Galapagos Is.
  • striatipecta (Swarth, 1931) - San Cristóbal (Chatham), in SE Galapagos Is.

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