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Galapagos Islands Coastal Birds, Lava Heron

Lava Heron: (Butorides sundevalli) This is the only endemic heron of the Galapagos. Lava Herons are small (35 cm), grey, dark on wings and back, and legs are orange. They feed mainly on small fish, crabs, lizards and insects.

Best viewed: On coast and lagoons throughout the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands Coastal birds, American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher: (Haematopus palliatus) Oystercatchers make their living in the inter-tidal zone, feeding on crustaceans and molluscs.  They are able to open crab shells whit their strong beaks.

Feet and legs flesh colored. Nesting takes places between October and March.

Greater Flamingo: (Phoenicopterus ruber) They are easy to recognize by their long legs. long neck and their striking pink to vermilion plumage. The birds spread between the major lagoons of the archipelago.

Galapagos Coastal birds, Greater Flamingo

There are probably fewer individuals than 500 Greater Flamingos. Best viewed: Floreana, Isabela, Rabida, Santiago y Santa Cruz.
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