Galapagos Sea Birds

  • Category:
    Sea Birds
  • Number of Species:
    47
  • Endemic Species:
    13

In total, 47 species of sea birds have been recorded in the Galapagos, 19 of which are resident to the Islands. The sea birds therefore account for nearly one third of all the species ever recorded in the islands and about the same proportion of the resident species.

Seabirds can be conveniently divided into 12 groups, as show in the table below. This shows the number of species recorded in each group and summarizes their status. If also shows the number of endemic species and the number of other species which are represented by endemic subspecies. Species are treated as migrants if they occur annually, vagrants being those recorded less frequently.

Animal Chart
Group Species
Recorded
Status
Endemic
Species
Endemic
Subspecies
Residents Migrants Vagrants
Penguins 1 1 - - 1 -
Cormorants 1 1 - - 1 -
Pelicans 1 1 - - - 1
Albatrosses 4 1 - 3 1 -
Shearwater &
Petrels
12 2 1 9 - 2
Storm-petrels 8 3 1 4 - 2
Frigatebirds 2 2 - - - 1
Boobies 4 3 - 1 - 1
Skuas 2 - - 2 - -
Gulls 5 2 2 1 2 -
Terns 6 2 - 4 - 1
Tropicbirds 1 1 1 - - -
Total 47 19 4 24 5 8
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