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Galapagos Hawk
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Galapagos Hawk
Photographer: Hans Stieglitz

Galapagos Hawk Range Map (Galapagos Islands)
Galapagos Hawk Range Map (Galapagos Islands)

Latin Name Buteo galapagoensis
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Galapagos Islands
Colour Brown
Length 55 cms (22 inches)
Wingspan 120 cms (47 inches)
Weight 650 - 850 g (23 - 30 oz)
Life Expectancy - Yrs

Main Characteristics

The Galapagos Hawk is the only diurnal bird of prey on the Galapagos Islands. They have a body length of approximately 55 cms (22 inches), a wingspan of around 120 cms (47 inches) and they weigh 650 - 850 g (23 - 30 oz).

They are brown in colour with a grey-barred tail. Their beak is greyish-black and their legs and feet are yellow. As with many birds of prey, females are larger than males.


Galapagos Hawks are endemic to the Galapagos Islands.


Galapagos Hawks mainly feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. They mainly hunt from the air, gliding in to take prey, but they are also able to hover.


Due to the lack of distinct seasons Galapagos Hawks tend to breed around the islands local weather conditions. Females will lay 1 - 3 eggs and they are incubated for 37 - 38 days. The youngsters fledge at 50 - 60 days old and they become independent at 4 months old.


Humans are the main threat to Galapagos Hawks.


There are no subspecies of the Galapagos Hawk.

Interesting Facts

The exact number of Galapagos Hawks is unknown, although it is estimated that there are around 150 mating pairs.

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