This species has been uplisted to Vulnerable. The species has declined significantly on the island of Santa Cruz and is likely to also be declining on other islands within its range, owing to habitat loss and degradation.
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCBaseline.html#.
13 cm, largest tree-finch. Deep bill, approximately as long as it is deep. Mandible tips cross slightly when bill closed. Male has upperparts greyish-olive and whitish below, with blackish hood. Female is dull greyish brown (Jaramillo 2011). Voice Song a repeated series of 4-6 notes given in pairs "chu-tzee chu-tzee chut-zee". Call includes a nasal "tzeeuu".
Castro, I.; Phillips, A. 1996. A guide to the birds of the Galápagos Islands. A&C Black, London.
Dvorak, M., Fessl, B., Nemeth, E., Kleindorfer, S. and Tebbich, S. 2012. Distribution and abundance of Darwin's finches and other land birds on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos: evidence for declining populations. Oryx 46(1): 78-86.
IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 19 November 2015).
Jaramillo, A. 2011. Large Tree-finch (Camarhynchus psittacula). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Kleindorfer, S., O'Connor, J.A., Dudaniec, R.Y., Myers, S.A., Robertson, J. and Sulloway, F.J. 2014. Species Collapse via hybridization in Darwin's tree finches. The American Naturalist 183(3): 325-341.
Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
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BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Camarhynchus psittacula. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/08/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/08/2016.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Family||Emberizidae (Buntings, American sparrows and allies)|
|Species name author||Gould, 1837|
|Population size||U mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||7,100 km2|
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