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Vermilion Flycatchers: There are those who feel that land birds are mostly dull-looking. If that's the rule, the vermillion flycatcher is certainly an exception. The male is a brilliant, bright red with black upperparts, eye stripe, and tail.

Galapagosvermilion flycatcher

If that wasn't showy enough, the male puts on a spectacular aerial display, climbing higher and higher in the sky, seemingly by steps, and then suddenly dive-bombing near the female in a "Top Gun" salute to her. The female is dull by comparison but is bright yellow underneath and brown above with pale throat and chin. The young are like the female, but immature males become pink underneath before developing adult colours.

Galapagos yellow warbler

Yellow Warblers: This all-yellow warblers familiar to many North Americans as it ranges from Alaska and Canada south to Peru. The male is usually brighter than the female and has chestnut-brown markings on the crown and breast. The immature is much greyer (often olive-yellow) and can be confused with the warbler finch which has no yellow in its plumage. It occurs on most islands from shore to mountain top where it is ever active searching for insects with its probing bill. It seems never to stay still for more than a second.

Though it finds most of its food by searching vegetation, it will hunt insects on the ground and also by flycatcher-like hawking. Second only to the vermilion flycatcher in brightness and colour, the yellow warbler has the sweetest song of Galapagos birds. It nests during the warm/wet season in the canopy of trees and shrubs where it constructs an attractive nest of mosses, lichens and other vegetation.

Galapagos Islands land birds, Dove, Hawks and Mockingbirds
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