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Darwin's Finches

  1. Michaela Hau1,
  2. Martin Wikelski2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001791

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How to Cite

Hau, M. and Wikelski, M. 2001. Darwin's Finches. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

  2. 2

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

Darwin's finches are a prime example of adaptive radiation and of evolution in action. Beak size of these equatorial bird species repeatedly changed within two decades as a response to environmental changes during El Niño conditions.

Keywords:

  • birds;
  • equatorial;
  • evolution;
  • beak size;
  • adaptive radiation;
  • tropic