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The islands of Daphne Major and Daphne Minor lie between Santa Cruz and Santiago, and are famous for the Galapagos finch research that has taken place here.

Although tourist visits are restricted by the Galapagos National Park authorities, these islands are a popular stop for scientists conducting research into Galapagos finches. On Daphne Major several kinds of Galapagos finch can be found, including the cactus finch and small, medium and large finch.

You can also find Galapagos martins and short-eared owls here.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: small ground finch, medium ground finch, large ground finch, cactus finch, swallow-tailed gull
  • Where: Central islands, Galapagos Islands