Galapagos Bobolink Facts
Scientific name: Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Length: 18 cm (7.1 in)
Weight: 1.5 ounces
Category: Land Birds
Number of Species: 49
Endemic Species: 22
In total, 49 species of land birds have been recorded in the Galapagos, 22 of which are endemic to the Islands. Land birds can be divided into 5 categories: Diurnal Raptors, Night Birds, Larger Land Birds, Aerial Feeders and Smaller Land Birds.
Endemic Subspecies: Vermilion Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler
Flycatchers are small birds with large heads; short, broad-based, flat bills; and short legs. They have a rather erect posture and feed by making sallies from exposed perches to catch passing insects. The two species resident in Galapagos are readily identifiable.
Smaller and daintier than Large-billed Flycatcher. ADULT MALE: Unmistakable, with brilliant red crown and underparts, black mask and upperparts. ADULT FEMALE AND JUVENILE: Brown above and yellow below, with a whitish supercilium and pale throat and chin; lacks wing-bars. The subspecies dubius differs from nanus in being slightly smaller and generally paler in all plumages
Typical flycatcher, chasing insects in the air and foraging on the ground.
The only species of New World blackbird recorded in Galápagos is the Bobolink. This species is medium-sized with a longish, rather ragged-tipped tail and short, conical bill. Males are readily identified in breeding plumage bur females and juveniles are brown and streaked.