Woodpecker finch


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Woodpecker finch

one of DARWIN'S FINCHES (Geospinza), which occurs in the Galapagos Islands and uses a cactus spine to remove insects from crevices. This is one of the very few examples of birds using a tool.
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The woodpecker finch also belongs to the Darwin's finch group, but it is an insect eater whose specialty is to find termites and grubs hidden in dead wood.
The woodpecker finch from the Galapagos Islands uses modified twigs and cactus spines.
One population of woodpecker finches spends an estimated 10 percent of its time using twigs and cactus spines to pry insects and spiders out of tree holes.
Several birds, such as woodpecker finches and burrowing owls, routinely use tools.
The old notion that people are the sole users of tools has collapsed in recent decades in response to reports of tool-wielding chimps, orangutans, and Galapagos woodpecker finches.
The woodpecker finches of the Galapagos Islands show no sign of learning their considerable tool-using skill by copying each other.