Galápagos - 'species list'

This list of all the animal and bird species I saw and photographed during our tour of the Galápagos Islands in 2015 

accompanies the associated write-up and photo gallery.  As there are a number of species that don't feature in the

main 'collections' album I've taken this opportunity to include a few thumbnail images of some of them.

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List shows species and/or subspecies (ssp) with common English and scientific name

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species : Vulnerable (VU), Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR)

Endemic species : only found in Galápagos,  Endemic subspecies : only found in Galapagos, although other closely related subspecies are found elsewhere,  Native : found in Galapagos and elsewhere, but arrived naturally rather than introduced, Resident : equivalent to native, but breeds on the islands,  Migrant : regular visitor.

Animals (mammals, reptiles, crabs)

Galápagos Sea Lion (EN)

   [Zalophus wollebacki]


Galápagos Fur Seal (EN)

   [Arctocephalus galapagoensis]


Galápagos Giant Tortoise (VU)

   [Geochelone nigrita]

   [Geochelone hoodensis]

   [Geochelone microphyes]


Galápagos Green Turtle (EN)

   [Chelonia mydas, ssp.agassisi]


Marine Iguana (VU)

   [Amblyrhynchus critatus]


Land Iguana (VU)

   [Conolophus subcristatus]


Lava Lizard

   [Microlophus albemarlensis]

   [Microlophus grayi]

Sally Lightfoot Crab

   [Grapsus grapsus]


Common Dolphin

   [Delphinus delphis]


Bottle-nosed Dolphin

   [Tursiops truncatus]

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Galápagos Penguin (EN)

   [Spheniscus mendiculus]


Flightless Cormorant (VU)

   [Phalacrocorax harrisi]


Brown Pelican

   [Pelecanus occidentalis, ssp.urinator]


Waved Albatross (CR)

   [Phoebastria irrorata]


Galápagos Shearwater

   [Puffinus subalaris]

Elliot’s Storm Petrel 

   (aka. White-vented Storm Petrel)

   [Oceanites gracilis, ssp. galapagoensis]


Red-billed Tropicbird

   [Phaethon aethereus, ssp.melanorhynchos]


Swallow-tailed Gull

   [Creagrus furcatus]


Lava Gull (VU)

   [Leuophaeus fuliginosus]


Brown Noddy

   [Anous stolidus, ssp.galapagensis]


Great Frigatebird

   [Fregata minor, ssp.ridgwayi]


Magnificent Frigatebird

   [Fregata magnificens]


Blue-footed Booby

   [Sula nebouxii, ssp.excisa]


Red-footed Booby

   [Sula sula, ssp.rubripes]


Nazca Booby

   [Sula granti]

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Waterbirds and Shorebirds

American Flamingo

   [Phoenicopterus ruber]

Lava Heron

   [Butorides sundevalli]


Striated Heron

   (aka. Mangrove Heron)

   [Butorides striata]


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

   [Nyctanassa violacea, ssp.pauper]

American Oystercatcher

   [Haematopus palliates, ssp.galapagensis]


Wandering Tattler

   [Tringa incana]


Semipalmated Plover

   [Charadrius semipalmatus]


Least Sandpiper

   [Calidris minutilla]



   [Calidris alba]



   (aka. Hudsonian Curlew)

   [Numenius phaeopus, ssp.hudsonicus]

White-cheeked Pintail

   [Anas bahamensis, ssp.galapagensis]

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Galápagos Hawk (VU)

  [Buteo galapagoensis]


Short-eared Owl

   [Asio flammeus, ssp.galapagoensis]


Smooth-billed Ani

   [Crotophaga ani]


Galápagos Mockingbird

   [Mimus parvulus]


Floreana Mockingbird (EN)

   (aka. Charles Mockingbird)

   [Mimus trifasciatus]


Española Mockingbird (VU)

   (aka. Hood Mockingbird)

   [Mimus macdonaldi]


San Cristóbal Mockingbird (EN)

   (aka. Chatham Mockingbird)

   [Mimus melanotis]


Galápagos Flycatcher

   [Myiarchus magnirostris]


Mangrove Warbler 

   (aka. Galápagos Yellow Warbler)

   [Setophaga petechia, ssp.aureola]


Medium Ground Finch

   [Geospiza fortis]


Small Ground Finch

   [Geospiza fuliginosa]


Common Cactus Finch

   [Geospiza scandens]


Woodpecker Finch (VU)

   [Camarhynchus pallidus]


Green Warbler-Finch (VU)

   [Certhidae olivacea]

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- Lava Lizard -

- White-cheeked Pintail -

- Red-billed Tropicbird -

- Swallow-tailed Gull -

- Magnificent Frigatebird -

- Wandering Tattler -

- Semipalmated Plover -

- Least Sandpiper -

- Smooth-billed Ani -

- Galápagos Flycatcher -

- Galápagos Yellow Warbler -

- Small Ground Finch (male) -

- Small Ground Finch (female) -

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