A true example of evolution is seen in the Galapagos Islands with the Flightless Cormorant. This Cormorant is the only one in the world that has lost its ability to fly. The Flightless Cormorant is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, found only on Fernandina and Isabela Islands. With their brilliant turquoise colored eyes, these birds have adapted well to their environment.
Over time, the Cormorants have become diving birds having less needs for flight for food. With webbed feet and similar to a duck, these birds dive for fish, eels and other small ocean creatures.
Even though they are diving birds, their feathers are not waterproof and they can be seen drying their little wings in the sun after a dip in the water.
Even though these birds have developed in an environment free of predators, the introduction of man on the islands along with dogs, cats and pigs have reduced their population over the centuries. Efforts to remove these predators from Isabela and Fernandina are on going. Current populations on the islands are around 2,000.
The Flightless Cormorant is considered to be one of the world’s rarest birds due to its low numbers and living exclusively in Galapagos. Truly a beautiful and unique sight to behold.