Charles Insectivorous Tree Finch

This species is only found on Floreana Island at elevations above 250m in moist highland forest habitat. Prime breeding habitat is dominated by Scalesia pedunculata trees. It is threatened by habitat loss which has occurred through clearance for agriculture and introduced predators such as rats, mice, cats, and the Smooth-billed Ani. The diurnal Galapagos Short-eared Owl is its only remaining natural predator. The introduced parasite Philornis downsi is a significant threat to the survival of this species. Parasitic larvae of this fly live in the nest material and feed on the blood and body tissues of nestlings. P. downsi causes high nestling mortality in the Medium Tree-finch.

The Charles Insectivorous Tree Finch is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Nothing known about the Charles Insectivorous Tree Finch

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Emberizidae
Genus : Camarhynchus
Species : pauper
Authority : Ridgway, 1890