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Birds of Galapagos Pictures: 21 Gorgeous Close-up Photos

Looking for birds of Galapagos pictures? In this post, you’ll see 21 beautiful Galapagos bird photos.

Many Galapagos birds are unique, like the boobies with their brightly colored feet, the cute little Galapagos penguins, and the frigatebird with its inflatable red neck.

Birds of Galapagos pictures Blue-footed booby

Ecuador is a top destination for birdwatching and the Galapagos Islands are one of Ecuador’s treasures that offers great birding experiences.

Which of the following Galapagos birds do you most want to see on your Galapagos trip?

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Birds of Galapagos Pictures

There are about 60 species of birds in the Galapagos Islands. You’re about to see a collection of photos of some of the birds the Galapagos has become famous for.

You are likely to see a number of these birds (and others) on your trip.

1) Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii excisa)

Let’s get started with some photos of one of the most popular birds of the Galapagos: the blue-footed booby. Did you know that the females feet become darker blue if she is ready to mate?

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Galapagos Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii excisa

2) Red-footed Booby (Sula sula websteri)

While the blue-footed boobies get most of the attention, the red-footed booby is an impressive bird as well. The red-footed booby feeds farther out to sea (than the blue-footed boobie) and nests in trees.

Pictures of Galapagos birds Red-footed Booby

birds of the Galapagos Red-footed Booby

Photos of Galapagos birds Red-footed Booby

3) Nazca Booby (Sula granti)

The beautiful nazca booby doesn’t have colorful feet like the first two birds in our list. It is larger than the other two species of booby in the Galapagos, adults are about 36 in. long (92 cm) with a wingspan of about 61 in. (155 cm).

Photos of Galapagos birds Nazca Booby


4) Magnificent  Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) and Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor ridgwayi)

Now we’ll take a close look at the magnificent frigatebird and the great frigatebird. While the males are very hard to tell apart, the magnificent frigatebird is larger than the great frigatebird.

Photos of Galapagos birds Frigatebird

Galapagos birds Frigatebird

Galapagos bird photos Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

Galapagos birds Frigatebird chick

Frigatebird chick

birds of the Galapagos Frigatebird

5) Swallow-tailed Gull (Larus Furcatus)

This is the only nocturnal gull in the world, it feeds at night.

Birds of the Galapagos Swallow-tailed Gull

6) Galapagos Hawk (Bueto galapagoensis)

The Galapagos hawk is one of few land predators on the Galapagos Islands. They can bee seen on all major islands except San Cristobal and Floreana.

Pictures of Galapagos birds Galapagos Hawk

Photos of Galapagos birds Galapagos Hawk

7) Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)

The vermilion flycatcher is a pretty red bird that is best seen during the dry season in the highlands.

Birds of the Galapagos Vermilion Flycatcher

8) Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)

The waved albatross is is an impressive bird, famous for how long it can fly without stopping. It gets its name from the pattern on the feathers around its neck and breast. You can see them on Espanola Island.

birds of the Galapagos pictures Waved Albatross

9) Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

There is thought to be less than 500 of these beautiful pink birds in the Galapagos. They nest in saline coastal lagoons. The naturalist guides know where to find them, so you’ve got a good chance of seeing them while in the Galapagos.

Pictures of Galapagos birds Greater Flamingo

10) Galapagos Penguin (Sphensicus mendiculus)

And last in our birds of Galapagos pictures, the Galapagos penguin. This is the most tropical of all penguins. Read about the Galapagos Penguin adaptations that allow these little guys to survive in the Galapagos.

Galapagos Penguins Adaptations

More reading: 12 Galapagos Penguin Facts

Galapagos bird photos Galapagos Penguin

Well there you have it, our birds of Galapagos pictures collection. Which was your favorite photo? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.

Read more about how to get to the Galapagos and nature and wildlife expeditions in Ecuador.

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