All for one and one for all. In an arrangement that is rare in the bird world, many Galapagos hawks are polyandrous: several males mate with the same female, then work together to defend the nest and provide food during the nesting period, which takes place once a year. Despite these cooperative strategies, the hawk itself is becoming increasingly rare—it is now extinct on three of the Galapagos Islands where it was once a common sight. One cause is competition for food with feral cats and other predators. Another reason for its steep population decline has been humans, who perceive the powerful raptor as a threat to their poultry and livestock.
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Found in all habitats within its range: from shoreline to bare lava fields, scrub country, deciduous forests and mountain peaks
Length, 50-55 cm; wingspan, 100-120 cm
Estimated at 800-1000 adults