Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Year of Darwin 5/20/2014: The finches

  Charles Darwin

"The remaining land-birds form a most singular group of finches, related to each other in the structure of their beaks, short tails, form of body plumage: there are thirteen species which Mr. Gould has divided into four sub-groups. All these species are peculiar to this archipelago; and so is the whole group, with the exception of one off the sub-group Cactornis, lately brought from the Bow Island in the Low Archipelago."  Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle


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