The Galapagos Islands are famous for its unique flora and fauna and especially for the wildlife species. Biologists estimate an average of 750.000 seabirds exist at the archipelago. This is because the cool, oxygen- rich waters are very attractive factors for birds. As like as the bounded endless open sea. Maybe this is as well the reason why thirty percent of the world’s Blue- Footed Boobies live here. The visitors of the Islands can observe the 19 species (5 are endemic) birds that inhabited the Island.
Blue Footed Bobbies
The Galapagos Islands are home to the Blue-Footed Bobbies. Through this they are one of the most famous birds of the Galapagos Islands. The birds are named for their blue legs and feet. The rest of their body is marked by a long neck, sharp narrow bill and pale brown wings. Normally they grow from 2,5 to 3 feet in length with a wingspan about 5 feet. Especially thereby is that the females are larger than the males and have in addition dark rings around their pupil. Whereas the males have a pleasant whistle. It is also home for the Red –Footed Boobies which are characterized by red feeds instead of blue ones.
Have you heard about the Frigate? You will also have the change to find them at the Islands. They have the talent to hold a single position in the sky. Unlike other birds they can’t dive underwater for catching fish. This is because they don’t have enough oils to waterproof their feathers. Therefor they are able to catch their prey with a long hooked beak.
Also interesting to know about them is, that they have the largest wingspan of any other bird in the world which is almost 8 feet long.
The endemic Galapagos Penguin. These are the only penguins who live at the north of equator. The average penguin has a length about 49 centimeters and weight about 2.5 kilograms. The best way to appreciate this amazing animals is to snorkel with them in the water while enjoying the amazing speed that they have underwater.
The Waved Albatross is another amazing bird who is common at the Islands. They can spend long time at the sea without touching land. Their average weight is about 3 kilograms up to 4 kilograms. They are characterized by a creamy yellow crown and neck. The body is mainly chestnut brown with a white underwing.
These are just a few species of birds you can find in the Galapagos Islands, if you are interested in seeing all species we invite you to contact our travel experts to start planning your next Galapagos Islands Adventure.0