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Inaccessible Island Finch (Nesospiza acunhae)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Genus: Nesospiza
Cabanis, 1873
Type species
Nesospiza acunhae
Cabanis, 1873

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Nesospiza is a genus of seed-eating birds in the tanager family Thraupidae found on the Tristan da Cunha archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Taxonomy and species list

The genus Nesospiza was introduced in 1873 by the German ornithologist Jean Cabanis with the Inaccessible Island finch as the type species.[1][2] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek nēsos meaning "island" (i.e. Tristan da Cunha) with spiza meaning "finch".[3] The genus now contains three species.[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Nesospiza acunhae Inaccessible Island finch Tristan da Cunha archipelago
Nesospiza questi Nightingale Island finch Nightingale Island of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago
Nesospiza wilkinsi Wilkins's finch Tristan da Cunha archipelago


  1. ^ Cabanis, Jean (1873). "Nesospiza acunhae nov. gen. et spec". Journal für Ornithologie (in German). 21: 154–155.
  2. ^ Paynter, Raymond A. Jr, ed. (1970). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 13. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 112.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2020). "Tanagers and allies". IOC World Bird List Version 10.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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