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A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galápagos
2011-10-03 04:48:30

Co-evolution of Galápagos mockingbirds and their parasites Along with the famous finches the Galápagos mockingbirds had a great influence on Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Now, 176 years later, three of the four mockingbird species are among the rarest birds in the world. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology untangles the evolutionary relationships between Galápagos mockingbirds and provides...

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2010-01-06 10:45:00

Darwin's finches develop antibodies to flies, pox virus Unlike Hawaii and other island groups, no native bird has gone extinct in the Galapagos Islands, although some are in danger. But University of Utah biologists found that finches "“ the birds Darwin studied "“ develop antibodies against two parasites that moved to the Galapagos, suggesting the birds can fight the alien invaders. With the discovery that the medium ground finches produce antibodies aimed specifically at the...

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2009-11-19 06:10:00

Two birds collected by Charles Darwin back in 1835 could help bring back a rare mockingbird to the Galapagos Islands. The DNA was taken from the specimens by a team of geneticists and then compared to DNA from living sub-populations on two other islands. The researchers discovered genetic hints on the best way to conserve the birds. The study, appearing in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, was let by biologist Paquita Hoeck of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Darwin and...


Latest Endemic birds of the Galápagos Islands Reference Libraries

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2008-02-06 15:13:45

The Galapagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis), is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is endemic to the Galapagos off Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrub land. Photo By Mike Weston

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2008-02-05 14:11:09

The Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli), is a species of heron endemic to the Galapagos Islands. These highly territorial birds are found in intertidal zones and mangrove groves on all of the Galapagos islands. The adult is slate-gray, which helps it blend in with the hardened lava. The back feathers typically have a silvery sheen and it has a short crest on its head. When breeding, the heron has a black beak and bright orange legs, but they fade to gray after the breeding season. Lava...

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2007-12-18 13:11:09

The Hood Mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi), is a species of bird in the Mimidae family. It is endemic to Espanola Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrub land. This species has the largest bill of any of the Galapagos mockingbirds. The species will eat the eggs of seabirds nesting on the island. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2007-12-18 13:07:30

The Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus), is a breeding bird found in southern Mexico south to northern Brazil, and in the Lesser Antilles and other Caribbean islands. The birds in Panama and Trinidad may have been introduced. This mockingbird is common in most open habitats including human habitation. Adults are 9.8 inches long and weigh 1.9 ounces. They are gray on the head and upper parts with yellow eyes, a white eye stripe and dark patch through the eye. The under parts are off-white...

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2007-12-18 12:59:50

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America. The Northern Mockingbird breeds in southeastern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and the Greater Antilles. It is replaced further south by its closest living relative, the Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus). This bird is mainly a permanent resident, but northern birds may move south during harsh weather. Mockingbirds have a strong preference for...

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