Data from: Darwin’s small and medium ground finches might have taste preferences, but not for human foods

Kiyoko Gotanda
Urbanization is rapidly changing ecological niches. On the inhabited Galapagos Islands, Darwin’s finches consume human-introduced foods preferentially; however, it remains unclear why. Here we presented pastry with flavour profiles typical of human foods (oily, salty, sweet) to small ground finches (Geospiza fuliginosa) and medium ground finches (Geospiza fortis) to test if latent taste preferences might drive selection of human foods. If human-food flavours were consumed more than a neutral or bitter control only at sites...
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