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Galapagos Birds List: 94 Birds to Watch for

Are you excited about seeing birds of the Galapagos Islands? If so, you are not alone. Many come to the Galapagos in search of birds like blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. In this post, we share a detailed Galapagos birds list.

Galapagos Birds List

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Galapagos Birds List: 94 Birds to Watch for

There are about 60 species of resident (birds that breed in the Islands) Galapagos birds, and about half of those are endemic (breeding only in the Galapagos) to the Galapagos.

You are probably familiar with some popular Galapagos birds, like Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies. They are very easy to identify, as are many birds of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Penguins Facts

Ease of identification is one of the things that makes bird-watching in the Galapagos easy, but some species (including finches) are a little harder to identify. Thankfully naturalists guides can help with identification and other interesting facts about Galapagos birds.

Something exciting about Galapagos birds is that there are a large number of endemic species and subspecies. Theses birds nest only in the Galapagos. There may be similar birds in other areas, but these birds have characteristics that make them unique to the Galapagos.

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Here are the 94 birds you may see as you go bird-watching in the Galapagos:


23 Galapagos Sea Birds List

Of resident sea birds, 8 species are endemic to the Galapagos Islands:

birds of the Galapagos pictures Waved Albatross

Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)

  • Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)
  • Galapagos penguin (Sphensicus mendiculus)
  • Galapagos petrel (Pterodroma galapagensis)
  • Lava gull (Larus fuliginosus)
  • Galapagos shearwater (Puffinus galapagensis)
  • Nazca booby (Sula granti)
  • Flightless cormorant (Nannopterum harrisi)
  • Swallowtail gull (Larus furcatus)

There are also 7 endemic subspecies that are found only in the Galapagos:

  • Magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
  • Blue-footed booby (Slua nebouxii excisa)
  • Red-footed booby (Slua slua websteri)
  • Galapagos storm petrel (Oceanodroma tethys tethys)
  • Elliot’s storm petrel (Oceanites gracilis galapagoensis)
  • Brown noody (Anous stolidus galapagensis)
  • Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator)

The other birds on this list of 23 Galapagos sea birds are either residents or just visiting.

  1. Magnificent Frigatebird
  2. Great Frigatebird
  3. Red-billed Tropicbird
  4. Galapagos Petrel/Hawaiian Petrel

    Pictures of Galapagos birds Red-footed Booby

    Red-footed booby (Slua slua websteri)

  5. Franklin’s Gull
  6. Laughing Gull
  7. Swallow-tailed Gull
  8. Lava Gull
  9. Galapagos Searwater
  10. Brown Noddy
  11. Waved Albatross
  12. Galapagos Penguin
  13. Madeiran (Band-rumped/ Harcourt’s) Storm Petrel
  14. Castro’s Storm Petrel
  15. Galapagos Storm Petrel
  16. Brown Pelican
  17. Common Turn
  18. Sooty Turn
  19. Royal Turn
  20. Flightless Cormorant
  21. Blue-footed Booby
  22. Red-footed Booby
  23. Nazca Booby

37 Galapagos Land Birds List

The three endemic subspecies of land birds that call Galapagos home are as follows:

  • Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia aureola)
  • Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus galapagoensis)
  • Barn owl (Tyto alba punctatissima)

There are 22 endemic Galapagos land birds (including 13 species of Darwin’s finches) which you will see in bold on the following list.

  1. Yellow Warbler

    94 birds to see in the Galapagos

    Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)

  2. Osprey/Fish Eagle
  3. Smooth-billed Ani
  4. Barn Owl
  5. Short-eared Owl
  6. Bobolink
  7. Galapagos Martin (Progne modesta modesta)
  8. Purple Martin
  9. Galapagos Mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulis)
  10. Chatham Mockingbird (Nesomimus melanotis)
  11. Charles Mockingbird (Nesomimus trifasciatus)
  12. Hood Mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi)
  13. Dark-billed Cuckoo
  14. Belted Kingfisher
  15. Vermilion Flycatcher
  16. Cactus Ground Finch (Geospiza scandens)
  17. Large Cactus Ground Finch (Geospiza conirostris)
  18. Large Ground Finch (Geospiza magnirostris)
  19. Large Tree Finch (Camarhynchus psittacula)

    List of Galapagos birds

    Vermilion Flycatcher

  20. Mangrove Finch (Cactospiza heliobates)
  21. Medium Ground Finch (Geospiza fortis)
  22. Medium Tree Finch (Camarhynchus pauper)
  23. Sharp-beaked Ground Finch (Geospiza difficilis)
  24. Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa)
  25. Small Tree Finch (Camarhynchus parvulus)
  26. Vegetarian Finch (Platyspiza crassirostris)
  27. Warbler Finch (Certhidea olivacea)
  28. Woodpecker Finch (Cactospiza pallidus)
  29. Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)
  30. Paint-billed Crake
  31. Galapagos Rail (Laterallus spilonotus)
  32. Peregrine Falcon
  33. Galapagos Flycatcher (Myriarchus magnirostris)
  34. Large-billed Flycatcher
  35. Common Gallinule/Moorhen
  36. Barn Swallow
  37. Galapagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis)

34 Coastal Birds List (Shore and Lagoon Birds)

The lava heron (Butorides sundevalli) is the only endemic coastal bird in the Galapagos and there are three endemic subspecies:

  • The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
  • The White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis galapagensis)
  • The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus galapagensis)
Galapagos bird-watching list

Greater Flamingo

The other Galapagos coastal birds on this list are either residents or are just visiting.

  1. Common or Great White Egret
  2. Cattle Egret
  3. Short-billed Dowitcher
  4. Snowy Egret
  5. Least Sandpiper
  6. Spotted Sandpiper
  7. Western Sandpiper
  8. Solitary Sandpiper
  9. Surfbird
  10. Wandering Tattler
  11. Black-necked Stilt/Common Stilt
  12. Purple Gallinule
  13. Common Gallinule
  14. Pied-billed Grebe
  15. Greater Flamingo
  16. Great Blue Heron
  17. White-cheeked Pintail/Galapagos Pintail
  18. American Oystercatcher
  19. Sanderling
  20. Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  21. Lava Heron
  22. Blue-winged Teal
  23. Sanderling
  24. Northern Phalarope
  25. Whimbrel
  26. Greater Yellowlegs
  27. Lesser Yellowlegs
  28. Striated Heron
  29. Willet
  30. Black-bellied Plover
  31. Semi-palmated Plover
  32. Wilson’s Phalarope
  33. Red-necked Phalarope
  34. Ruddy Turnstone

Bird-watching in the Galapagos and You

Which of the birds on this Galapagos birds list do you most want to see? Please share with us by commenting on this post.

Birds of the Galapagos pictures Blue-footed booby

If you have a favorite encounter with Galapagos birds that you would like to share, please do so. We would love to hear your story!

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