The Vampire Finch, the Bird That Drinks The Blood of Other Birds!
It’s true, luckily, the Vampire Finch is only found on two small islands, Darwin and Wolf in the Galapagos Archipelago. The vampire finch is a subspecies of the sharp-beaked ground finch. It’s a relatively small and harmless-looking bird.
It’s no secret how the vampire finch got it’s name. It has a very sharp beak, which it uses to break through more than just fruits and nuts. The vampire finch has the bizarre habit of pecking at larger birds’ skin and feeding on their blood whenever food sources are scarce.
The Victims of the Vampire Finch!
The Nazca and blue-footed booby are the two main victims of the blood thirsty vampire finch. The two seabirds are much larger than the vampire finch, however, they rarely resist the blood sucking finch.
In case the vampire finch’s behavior needs explanation, the small bird lands on the back of its larger victim and uses its small, sharp beak to peck at the skin until it makes a hole and starts feeding on the blood.
Why does the Vampire Finch Drink Blood?
Experts believe it’s because the unusual diet evolved from a more common behavior that finches are known for – pecking at parasites on the skin of larger birds. Basically, Nazca and boobies don’t perceive the finch’s pecking as a threat.
No one really knows how the vampire finch developed a taste for blood. It’s believed that the vampire finch may have pecked too hard at the skin of seabirds while feeding on their parasites and over time adapted to consuming blood.
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