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Flightless Cormorants: The flightless cormorant (Nannopterum harrisi) is endemic to the Galapagos Islands and is the only grounded cormorant species in the world. There are only some 700 to 800 pairs of flightless cormorant in the world.

Galapagos flightless cormorant nessting

These are principally found in the northern and western coasts of Isabela and all coasts of Fernandina. Not only does the flightless cormorants swim as a means of hunting, but for romantic purposes as well. In a courtship display reminiscent fan Esther Williams movie, both male and female engage in an aquatic dance. Nesting takes place on the beaches of the western islands, just above the high water line; the nests are made of flotsam and jetsam, held together by seaweed.

Galapagos frigate bird

In behavior uncharacteristic of Galapagos sea birds, flightless cormorants do not mate for life. In fact, after the eggs are hatched and the chicks partially raised, the female often takes up with another male, leaving dad to continue raising the young on his own.

Frigatebirds: The frigate were war ships, commonly used by pirates; frigatebirds are the pirate ships of the air, a name earned by reputation and habit. Adult frigatebirds are large, blacks with long wingspans and deeply forked tails, which

combine to give them exceptional aerial maneuverability.

Frigatebirds nest in trees and bushes. When the single egg us hatched the parental responsibilities have just begun; it takes the juveniles about 6 months to learn to fly and over year to learn the world-class stunt flying skills required to survive on its own.

Galapagos Islands sea birds, Penguin
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