- Buteo galapagoensis
The adults are very dark, whereas the juvenile is quite mottled with pale eyes.
There are just 800 of these magnificent birds left on the islands of the Galapagos.
Its closest relative seems to be Swainson's Hawk
Beach, bush, arid scrub and lava fields
Birds will throw sand up into the face of intruders.
Many are polyandrous, whereby several males mate with a single female and stay around to help raise the young.
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- 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/
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Galapagos Hawk. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Galapagos_Hawk