Mockingbirds of Galapagos

Mockingbirds can be found all over the Galapagos – these mockingbirds are unique to the Galapagos – and like lots of the wildlife there, they have evolved into separate species on different islands. Also, like a lot of the wildlife there – the different species look pretty much exactly the same!

There is a lot of scientific discussion about what constitutes a separate species, and what is considered only a sub-species. Scientists are changing their minds all the time – how are we supposed to keep a list of the species that we have seen if they keep changing the rules?!?!?!

Well, we do what we can….. if there is a doubt, the ‘animals and birds committee’ (PB and CC) have a meeting and make a decision as to what goes on the ‘official list’. In the case of mockingbirds, there are three different mockingbirds that we can add to the list – even though they look exactly the same! ­čÖé There are only four different mockingbird species on the Galapagos – so three out of four ain’t bad… (as Meatloaf would almost say :-)).

How can we identify them if they look the same? Well, it’s because Floreana, Espa├▒ola, and San Crist├│bal each have their own unique species – which is not found on any other island, and the final species of the four is found on all the other islands, but NOT Floreana, Espa├▒ola, and San Crist├│bal (this one is just called the ‘Galapagos Mockingbird’). So therefore you can tell which species of mockingbird it is, by where you saw it – there is no crossover. Therefore if we saw a mockingbird on Espa├▒ola, then it can only be the Espa├▒ola Mockingbird – yes, how convenient!

So, here is our gallery of the mockingbirds of the Galapagos┬á – yes, they do all look almost the same – but they are NOT all the same! ­čÖé

San Crist├│bal mockingbird.
Espa├▒ola mockingbird.
Two Galapagos mockingbirds in the Santa Cruz highlands.
Galapagos mockingbird on Isabela.

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