Scientists work to save finches on Galapagos islands

  • 7 March 2014
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Take a look at the chicks being fed their gruesome grub!

An endangered species of birds is being fed scrambled eggs and papaya fruit to try and save them from extinction.

Scientists on the Galapagos Islands, near Ecuador, are working to boost the number of Mangrove Finches.

They say the population has now dropped to between 60 and 80 birds, making them an endangered species.

To try and boost numbers, scientists are now raising and breeding chicks in captivity, also feeding them wasp larva and wax worms.

Under threat

The birds are under attack from rats as well as from parasites introduced by flies.

The Galapagos is a group of islands near to Ecuador in South America. It's home to 13 different species of finches, six of which are in decline.