Bird Families

Galapagos 2007 Part 28

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Galapagos Buzzard © Etienne De Backer

The Galapagos Buzzard (Galápagos Hawk, Buteo galapagoensis) is endemic to the Galapagos. He is at the top of the food pyramid (that is, he eats everyone, and no one eats him). He devours all meat and carrion, especially respects goat meat. The absence of enemies has developed fearlessness and curiosity in the buzzard. Charles Darwin amused himself by knocking the buzzards off the branches with the barrel of his gun (ay-ay-ay!)

Galapagos Buzzards practice polyandry (polyandry). Up to four males can live with one female, helping her to care for eggs and chicks.

When we landed, a buzzard was watching us from the National Park sign.


Galapagos Buzzard on National Park Sign © Etienne De Backer


Galapagos Buzzard on the National Park Sign (larger)


Galapagos Buzzard on the National Park Sign (even larger)

A buzzard was waiting for us in the glades, ...

... near rocky cliffs.

... and accompanied us. (Or were there several?)


Galapagos Buzzard © Etienne De Backer

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