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Finch

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on April 14, 2011; last updated April 14, 2011
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The finch has been used by many to support the doctrine of evolution.

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Finch

The finch has been used by many to support the doctrine of evolution. Charles Darwin observed thirteen different species of finches on one island that had variations in shape and size of beak. He proposed that the different species evolved from one original pair, each adapting to its habitat and diet. But this is not evidence for molecules-to-man evolution, but rather an example of natural selection and adaptation. When God created the finch kind, He created it with all the necessary information it needed to survive in the wild. On the islands where Darwin observed them, they had adapted to their diet and their surroundings, resulting in several “different” varieties, which needed different beaks to eat different things in times of drought and in times of plenty.

Features

  • Finch beaks are cone-shaped and are used to break open seeds.
  • Many species are brightly colored with red, blue, and yellow feathers while some others also have green.

Fun Facts

  • True finches usually have strong voices.
  • They build cup-shaped nests, and goldfinches usually lay 5 pale-blue or greenish-blue eggs that will hatch in about 12 days. Babies will fledge about 12 days after that.

Created Kind Members

Goldfinch, grosbeak

CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Passeriformes (perching birds)
FAMILY: Fringillidae (finches)
GENUS/SPECIES: 134 species in 19 genera

Size: Mostly 4–6 in long (0.1–0.2 m)
Weight: Only a few ounces (grams)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Primarily seed-eaters
Habitat: All over the world except for Antarctica

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