The Galapagos Hawk is the top natural predator in the Galapagos. It is found on most of the islands and in a range of habitats.
The Galapagos Hawk is the top natural predator in the Galapagos.
It is found on most of the islands and in a range of habitats. Despite this, it is one of the rarest raptors in the world, classed as a vulnerable species. These hawks are often seen soaring high in the sky on currents and occasionally hovering. They prey on a wide variety of animals including iguanas, snakes, birds and rats and hunt by day, which is unusual for raptors. They are voracious scavengers and will feed on any rotting carcasses.
They are about 55cms in length and have broard wings and a wingspan of some 120cms. Their plumage is dark brown with they have grey tails. The female is larger than the male. Juveniles have similar markings and are mottled. Females mate with up to 4 males and all birds are involved in rearing the chicks. They nest throughout the year with the busiest months being June and July.
Galapagos Hawks can be found on most islands from highlands to coastal areas.