The major natural predators in
the Galapagos are the short-eared owl and the Galapagos hawk.
The hawk is actually a member of the buzzard family which has
adapted to a hawk-like appearance and life-style in the Galapagos.
Adults are nearly black while juveniles are chestnut with gold
spots. Like most Galapagos species, the hawk, especially the
juveniles, can be easily approached.