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Land Birds - Galápagos - Eco-Tour - Ecuador

There are relatively few land birds in Galapagos, and most of them (22 of 29) are endemic. In general, their coloring runs in greys, browns and blacks, with the dazzling Vermilion Flycatcher being the most obvious exception. Like most Galapagos birds, they can be surprisingly tame and even friendly to humans.  Darwin’s finches—the famous little birds that helped to inspire their namesake’s evolutionary theories—are known to land on your dinner table (or in your hand, if there are crumbs in it). Mockingbirds like to land nearby and hop on over for a closer look, perhaps even perching on your feet to ask for a drink of water.

Other Galapagos land bird species are less outgoing: the Galapagos Hawk prefers to soar and to majestically sit on the tree-tops rather than associate with lowly humans, the Short-eared Owl is usually busy looking for a meal and the Galapagos Dove will dart away if approached. On the far end of the spectrum, the Galapagos Rail is very shy and only very rarely seen.

Even though they’re considered land birds, some of these Galapagos species are only one step or so removed from the sea. The hawk eats marine iguanas, the yellow warbler sometimes eats bugs at the waterline and the Short-eared owl eats small sea birds, etc. It’s one more reminder of how interconnected the island ecosystems can be!


Here are other activities in and around The Galápagos Islands that may be of interest: Land Birds - Galápagos, Galápagos Dove, More Isabela Visitor Sites, Galápagos Hawk, Punta Espinosa, Rays in the Galápagos Islands and Short-Eared Owl.

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