Darwin's finches

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Darwin's finches

a group of finches that occurs on the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific. The islands are oceanic and were colonized by an ancestral type which has speciated and provides an excellent example of ADAPTIVE RADIATION.
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Number of Finch Finch Genus Types of Finches Species Tool Analogy for Beak Geospiza Ground and cactus 6 Heavy duty finches linesman's pliers Camarhynchus Tree finches 3 High leverage diagonal pliers Cactospiza Woodpecker and 2 Long chain nose mangrove finches pliers Platyspiza Vegetarian finch 1 Parrot-head gripping pliers Pinaroloxias Cocus island finch 1 Curved needle-nosed pliers Certhidea Warbler finch 1 Needle-nose pliers
Contrary to the traditional view, the Darwin finches were found to belong to four diverse groups, namely ground finches, tree finches, vegetarian finches and Warbler finches.
Ground and tree finches began rapidly branching into new species about 300,000 to 100,000 years ago.