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photo credit - Ted Hein

photo credit – Ted Hein

The Flightless Cormorant (Nannopterum harrisi) is an adorable little bird. When we were touring the Galapagos, we saw many of them drying their wings in the sun. They look like they are waving at you when the wiggle their little wings.

Aptly named due to its complete inability to fly, the rare, endemic flightless cormorant is the only cormorant found in the Galápagos Islands. Its wings are no more than vestigial appendages. They have large, black, webbed feet with very short, but sturdy, black legs. When in the water, their bodies are almost entirely submerged with just their snake-like heads and necks visible.

We saw quite a few of these birds while we were snorkeling. When they are fishing, they shoot through the water, then jump out of the water to dry their wings. Today, flightless cormorants are vulnerable and only found on the islands of Fernandina and northern and western Isabela.


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This post in part of the AtoZ Challenge. Please click on the sunflower AtoZ icon in the sidebar to go to the official list of participating blogs. This year my theme is the Galapagos Islands. I am in the process of writing the first of my Midge & Snig mystery series set in the islands. In my research, I have come across a plethora of interesting facts and images. The vast majority of my research won’t get included in the book, but it’s fun to share what I’ve learned with you all.