18 bird species you won’t find anywhere but the Galapagos

Galapagos is a bird-watchers paradise. From the misty slopes of the Andes, the tropical coast, mighty Amazon and Galapagos archipelago there are over 1,663 recorded species of bird, 44 of which are endemic. Here’s a list of just 18 of those endemic to the Galapagos.

1. Galapagos Penguin
Spheniscus mendiculus

Galapagos PenguinCharles Pence/Flickr

2. Waved Albatross Phoebastria irrorata

Waved Albatross Steven Bedard/Flickr

3. Galapagos Petrel Pterodroma phaeopygia

Dark-rumped PetrelVince Smith/Flickr

4. Flightless Cormorant Phalacrocorax harrisi

flightess cormorantBrian Gratwicke/Flickr

5. Lava Heron Butorides sundevalli

Lava heronDerek Keats/Flickr

6. Lava Gull Leucophaeus fuliginosus

lava gull 2alh1/Flickr

7. Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus

Swallow Tailed Gullputneymark/Flickr

8. Galapagos Dove Zenaida galapagoensis

Galapagos DoveAnne Dirkse/Flickr

9. Galapagos Flycatcher Myiarchus magnirostris

Galapagos FlycatcherKathy Drouin/Flickr

10. Hood Mockingbird Nesomimus macdonaldi

Hood MockingbirdAnne Haase/Flickr

11. Large Ground Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Large Ground FinchA.Davey/Flickr

12. Medium Ground Finch Geospiza fortis

Medium Ground Finchputneymark/Flickr

13. Small Ground Finch Geospiza fuliginosa

Small Ground Finchputneymark/Flickr

14. Common Cactus Finch Geospiza scandens

Common Cactus FinchBen Tavener/Flickr

15. Large Cactus Finch Geospiza conirostris

Large Cactus Ground Finchputneymark/Flickr

16. Small Tree-Finch Camarhynchus parvulus

Small Ground FinchMike Comber/Flickr

17. Galapagos Hawk Buteo galapagoensis

Galapagos HawkPaul Krawczuk/Flickr

18. Galapagos Mockingbird Nesomimus parvulus

Galapagos Mockingbirdputneymark/Flickr

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