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Galapagos Hawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by mikemik
Galapagos, Ecuador, November 2008
Buteo galapagoensis

Identification

The adults are very dark, whereas the juvenile is quite mottled with pale eyes.

Distribution

There are just 800 of these magnificent birds left on the islands of the Galapagos.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Its closest relative seems to be Swainson's Hawk

Habitat

Beach, bush, arid scrub and lava fields

Behaviour

Birds will throw sand up into the face of intruders.

Breeding

Many are polyandrous, whereby several males mate with a single female and stay around to help raise the young.

Gallery

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations

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