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November 6, 2017
The Galapagos National Park Directorate recently completed a partial census of flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in the Galapagos Islands, which they do twice a year, and counted 281 birds in the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Santiago, Floreana, Rábida, and Bainbridge Islet. This is an increase from the same time last year, when they counted 126 birds. The flamingos are distributed in the islands as follows: Isabela – 85.8%, Floreana – 9.4%, Santiago – 2.1%, Santa Cruz – 1.3%, Bainbridge islet and Rábida – 1.4%.
The objective of this partial census is to understand the state of the flamingo population in the Islands. Although they are migratory birds, flamingos nest in Galapagos between the months of July and March and the monitoring helps scientists to identify any possible decreases or increases of individuals there.