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Galapagos Hawk - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by mikemik
Galapagos, Ecuador, November 2008
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.


This is a monotypic species[1].

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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  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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