Galapagos Albatross

The Endemic Galapagos Albatross

The Galapagos Albatross, also known as the Waved Albatross nests exclusively in Española Island with rocky volcanic landscapes and sparse vegetation. They are the only Albatross species in the tropical region. Apart from the breeding season (from mid-January to the end of March), the Albatross remains in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Albatross is endemic to the island of Isla de la Plata, off the coast of Ecuador.

Española Island located southeast of the Galapagos Archipelago is uninhabited. The entire island is protected as part of the Galapagos national park. Therefore only two locations, Gardener Bay and Punta Estrada, are open to visitors currently.

The Galapagos Albatross is the largest bird in the archipelago with a wingspan of 230-240 cm. They are also characterized by their long yellow beaks and dark brown eyes with pale blue legs and feet.

The Albatross Colony on Espanola Island greet guests
The waved albatross is endemic to the Galapagos Islands

Habitat and Diet

Towards the end of March, visitors can find large colonies of Galapagos Albatrosses in Española Island. They nest in bushes that grow sparsely on the island. They usually lay their eggs from mid-April to June and the young ones begin to fly from the end of December to the beginning of January. The Albatrosses then fly back together to the mainland.

In November, you will have the opportunity to witness their mating dance. The Galapagos Albatross reaches sexual maturity at the age of 4 to 6 years old and are excellent at fishing and feast exclusively on marine animals.

Endangered Species

During their breeding season, the Galapagos Albatrosses are protected by the national park. However, due to a limited nesting area (as they nest solely in Española Island), the Albatrosses are considered to be a critically endangered species.

Travel advice for visitors:

The Galapagos Albatross can be seen at Punta Estrada in Española Island from the end of March to the beginning of January. The island is almost always visited by passing cruises. Cruise routes which include the southern Albatross route can be found here.

The island can also be visited twice a week, on Thursday and Saturday, with boats from San Cristóbal island as part of an island hopping itinerary. To plan your trip better, check out our Galapagos Island monthly animal activities poster.

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