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14 unique animals of the Galapagos Islands

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 1, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
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Galapagos mockingbird

The finches of the Galapagos get much of the credit for the formation of Darwin's theory of natural selection, but the Galapagos mockingbird may have been the first example of adaptive radiation that Darwin encountered on the islands. This common bird was the first one Darwin found that showed distinct adaptive differences from island to island.

Though they can fly, Galapagos mockingbirds are also known to hunt by running after prey, which occasionally gets them compared to roadrunners.