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Galapagos Wildlife, Flightless Cormorant

The flightless cormorant is a sea bird that lives west of the Galapagos archipelago, the islands Fernandina and Isabela. These Galapagos birds are endemic to these islands and its population is around 800 pairs. It is one of the world's rarest birds, are believed to be 1500 cormorants, is taking a program for conservation.

Data of interest

  • Scientific name:Nannopterum harrisi
  • Class:Birds
  • Family:Phalacrocorax
  • Size:89 a 100 cm
  • Weight:2.5 kg

 

 

Flightless Cormorant of Galapagos

It is one of the world's rarest birds, are believed to be 1500 cormorants, is taking a program for conservation. The Galapagos flightless cormorant has followed a curious evolution. In the absence of predators, has stopped flying to become an expert underwater swimmer, winning all their food below the surface.

TThe flightless cormorant is the largest of its kind, measuring between 89 and 100 cm in length, weighs 2.5 to 5 kg, the keel on the sternum is much diminished.

It has webbed feet, and very strong which allows you to propel into the water while looking for prey, fish, small octopus, and other aquatic creatures. The food it looks for the fund, not more than 100 m from shore.

This is an endemic species of cormorant, dark brown unique in the world, which has the remains of wings that did not end its evolutionary process of forming, and therefore can not fly and adopted their wings cover and keep warm

This is an endemic species of cormorant, dark brown unique in the world, which has the remains of wings that did not end its evolutionary process of forming, and therefore can not fly and adopted their wings cover and keep warm Nesting usually happen during the coldest months (July-October) when the seafood is abundant and the risk of hyperthermia in chicks is reduced. During this time, they form colonies of about 12 pairs. The procession begins in the sea where the male, they swim around each other with their necks crooked as a snake. When they do very little nest above the high tide, built with seaweed nest in the coldest weather.

El cormorán no volador es el más grande de su especie, mide entre 89 y 100 cm de longitud, pesa de 2,5 a 5 kg, la quilla en el esternón ha disminuido mucho.

The flightless cormorant of the Galapagos Islands is the only cormorant in the world that does not fly, but nothing excellent, but then you have to dry their wings.

Galapagos Wildlife, Flightless Cormorant

Galapagos Wildlife

 

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