12 Mockingbird Territory Encroachment on Rábida Island in Galápagos, EC

As our tour group admired the saltwater lagoon, a community of Galápagos mockingbirds scurried and hopped along the water’s edge in search of food. These birds breed in a group of two to five adults, often protected by an alpha male. Presumably, this was him on the left playing kissy-bill with an attractive female. Suddenly, an interloper boldly ran up to the pair and raised his tail feathers in defiance. This was obvious trouble.


Rábida Island, Ecuador


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