Medium Ground Finch
Medium Ground Finch (Geospiza fortis) in nest
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
ECUADOR. South America
ENDEMIC TO THE ISLANDS
RANGE: Found on all islands in the Galapagos except Tower, Española, Darwin and Worf.
It prefers the lowlands and transitional zones although it can be found feeding in the farm zones.
Feeds on fallen fruit and poison apple, tree flowers, leaf buds, young green leaves, caterpillars, seeds and small insects. Some individuals have been seen cleaning parasites from the skin of giant tortoises on Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island and on Marine Iguanas on Plazas Island.