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Galapagos Birdlife

Penguins, Frigates, Boobies and other Galapagos birds

One of the main draws for visitors to the Galapagos Islands is the variety and volume of plant and animal life, many of which are unique and found nowhere else in the world. And though you can expect to see a wealth of different species during your visit, both on land and in the waters surrounding the islands, it is in the skies that some of the most varied and plentiful residents can be found.

A total of around 140 birds species have been registered in the Galapagos. Of those 58 are residential, 76 migratory and six have been introduced, making the archipelago a heaven for bird enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys the wonder of nature. In fact, the majority of the animals that you’ll see during your visit to the islands will probably be Galapagos birds, so getting a good appreciation of the diversity on offer is an important part of understanding life in the archipelago. Although around 50% of the resident species are endemic to the islands, many of the Galapagos birds are currently under threat due to factors associated with human activity.

Of all of the local Galapagos birds the blue-footed boobies, with their brightly colored appendages, are some of the most instantly recognizable. Large populations of the birds can be found on North Seymour IslandSan Cristobal, and Española Island.

In general, the Galapagos birds can be divided into three groups; seabirds, coastal birds, and land birds, and apart from the blue-footed boobies, the islands are also home to flightless cormorants, penguins, finches and waved albatross. The sheer number, as well as the almost tame appearance of the birds, is a sight to behold, and a true ‘must see’ for any nature lovers and the keen ornithologist out there.

Galapagos birdlife can be classified into 3 main categories:
Resident Species
  • Dark-billed Cuckoo
  • Barn Owl
  • Short-eared Owl*
  • Vermillion Flycatcher*
  • Yellow Warbler*
  • Paint-billed Crake
  • Smooth-billed Ani

* Endemic sub-species










Endemic Species
  • Galapagos Dove
  • Large-billed Flycatcher
  • Galapagos Hawk
  • Mockingbirds:
  • Galapagos Mockingbird
  • Hood Mockingbird
  • Chatham Mockingbird
  • Charles Mockingbird
  • Galapagos Rail
  • Galapogos Martin
  • Darwin’s Finches:
  • Small Ground Finch
  • Medium Ground Finch
  • Large Ground Finch
  • Cactus Ground Finch
  • Large Cactus Ground Finch
  • Sharp-beaked Ground Finch
  • Vegetarian Finch
  • Small Tree Finch
  • Medium Tree Finch
  • Large Tree Finch
  • Woodpecker Finch
  • Mangrove Finch
  • Warbler Finch