Flightless Cormorants on Nest
Flightless Cormorants (Phalacrocorax harrisi) on nest
Muneco, Isabela Island. Western Isles of Galapagos Islands
ECUADOR. South America
These are the largest of the world's 29 cormorant species and the only one that has lost the power of flight. They live very locally to the shores of Isabela and Fernandina Islands and although they can not fly still retain vestigial wings which help them to balance when jumping from rock to rock. As they do not produce much oil to waterproof their wings they must dry out their wings when they return to shore. Nests are constructed of seaweed, flotsam and jetsam and are never more than a few meters from shore. Usually up to 3 eggs are layed.
ENDEMIC TO GALAPAGOS