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Amazing Galapagos Birds by Land, Shore, and Sea

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There are 56 indigenous bird species in the Galapagos islands. Forty-five species of Galapagos birds are unique to the archipelago. Twenty-nine additional species of migratory birds fly over the islands. Birds of the enchanted isles include shorebirds, land birds, and marine birds.

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6 GALAPAGOS BIRDS, LEARNING ABOUT THE LOCAL FURNITURE

Have a close look at these incredible birds of the Galapagos Islands!

The most giant bird in the Galapagos is the Galapagos albatross, Phoebastria irrorata, formerly the waved albatross. They can weigh up to 11 pounds and have a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet. The only place where albatrosses breed is Española Island. Every year, these incredible Galapagos birds mate with the same spouse. Parents, both male and female, assist in raising their children.

The blue-footed boobies, or Sula nebouxii as they are scientifically known, are the most well-known birds of the Galapagos. Despite being incredibly graceful divers, they get their name from how awkwardly they walk on land. Seymour Island is one of their most significant breeding places, and they are found across the archipelago.

Blue-Footed Boobies In Galapagos
Blue-Footed Boobies Are Well-Known Marine Birds Found Around Several Sites In The Galapagos Islands.

Darwin’s finches, a group of tanagers in the Geospizinae subfamily, consist of 14 species. Each species of finch has adapted physically to the available food in their habitat. The vast ground finch has evolved a strong beak, while the small tree sparrow is adept at insect hunting.

Darwin'S Finches In Galapagos
Darwin’S Finches Are A Crucial Part Of The Galapagos Ecosystem.

The swallow-tailed gull, or Creagrus furcatus, is unique as the only nocturnal gull in the world. They feed on fish and squid that come to the ocean’s surface at night. These birds are commonly found nesting on rocky ledges and cliffs across all islands.

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The frigatebirds are the aerial pirates of the Galapagos. The magnificent and superb frigatebirds, known for their wide wingspans, are excellent fliers and have a unique feeding strategy of stealing fish from other birds.

Frigatebird In The Galapagos
Frigatebirds Are Known For Their Impressive Flying Skills And Are Often Seen At North Seymour Island.

Updated:June 18, 2024

Published:February 17, 2017

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