Galapagos Albino Finch
I am not an ornithologist but this albino finch got my attention. I suspect that it is an incomplete albino since there is some pigmentation near the face, beak, and feet. I suspect that this finch belongs to the Woodpecker family from the shape of the beak but I welcome any other comments.
I first saw it on the ground along with some male Medium Ground Finches, and then he fled to the nearest tree while the other birds flew further leaving him behind. When he landed on the tree his woodpecker behavior became a little more apparent and his beak shape convinced me of his type.
I found him near “Los Gemelos” at approximate 600 m.a.s.l. on Santa Cruz Island. This is one of the highest areas of the island where the endemic Scalesia trees are covered with moss and epiphytes. I have seen many Woodpecker Finches in this area so it would seem this is one of the best places where such a strange bird could be found.
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