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More information and photos about land animals, butterflies and more in the Azores.
Nine species of mammals are recorded from the islands, all of them excluding the bats probably introduced by man: Mouse-eared bat, Azores Noctule (an endemic bat), Norwegian rat, Black rat, House mouse, Western European hedgehog, European rabbit, Least weasel, and Ferret. You will also see a lot of Wall Lizards, maybe European Marsh Frog, if lucky some of the three endemic butterfly species (three species of Grayling), or more likely some of the migratory ones like Large White, Clouded Yellow, Long-tailed Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, and Monarch.

European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus (Coelho bravo) is a common sight in the Azores.
Santa Maria 2008-02-16. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Like most other animals the European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus (Coelho bravo) is introduced to the Azores. It is frequently hunted and very cautious.
Santa Maria 2008-02-16. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Ferret Mustela putorius furo (Furões).
Flores 2009-10-18. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Azores Noctule Nyctalus azoreum (Morcego dos Açores ).
Pico 2010-12-29. Photo: Justin Hart
This Red-eared Terrapin Trachemys scripta (Tartaruga d'Água) is an introduced species from America..
Lagoa Verde, São Miguel 2008-02-29. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Madeira Wall Lizard Teira(Lacerta)dugesii (Duges' Teira), a common (introduced) species.
Flores 2007-10-18. Photo: Christian Jensen Marcet
Madeira Wall Lizard Teira(Lacerta)dugesii (Duges' Teira), a common (introduced) species.
Graciosa 2009-07-23. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
House mouse Mus musculus domesticus (Ratinho), the only mouse in the Azores, a common (introduced) species.
Flores 2006-11-12. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Black rat Rattus rattus (Ratazana-preto), rather common in Azorean fields and woods.
Flores 2010-10-17. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
There are a number of reports from the Azores concerning water or marsh frogs, Pelophylax sp. (Rã verde). The reports are mentioning European Marsh Frog Pelophylax ridibundus, Endible Frog, Pelophylax synklepton esculentus, and Iberian Water Frog Pelophylax perezi. The last one is definitely introduced on the Azores, but if one or two of the others occur in the Azores is an open question? Information about this is welcome to Birding Azores!
Caldeira do Alferes, São Miguel 2008-03-01. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Iberian Water Frog Pelophylax perezi (Rã verde)
Santa Maria 2006-09-09. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Iberian Water Frog Pelophylax perezi (Rã verde)
Santa Maria 2006-09-09. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi (Aranha de jardim)
Fajã Grande, Flores 2008-10-07. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
Clouded Yellow Colias crocea (Borboleta maravilha)
Sete Cidades, São Miguel 2008-10-17. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus (Borboleta azul Azulinha)
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel 2006-09-10. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Almirante-vermelho)
Ponta da Fajã, Flores 2008-10-21. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand
American Painted Lady Vanessa virginiensis (Bela-dama-americana)
Sete Cidades, São Miguel 2008-11-05. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Large White Pieris brassicae (Borboleta da couve)
Corvo 2008-10-23. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Painted Lady Cynthia cardui (Bela dama)
São Miguel 2005-11-12. Photo: Bosse Carlsson
Small Bluetail Ischnura pumilio (Libélula )
São Miguel 2011-09-25. Photo: Richard Ek
Citrine Forktail Ischnura hastata (Libélula )
Pico 2010-09-17. Photo: Justin Hart
Blue Emperor Anax imperator (Libélula )
São Miguel 2011-09-25. Photo: Richard Ek
Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii (Libélula )
São Miguel 2010-09-28. Photo: Staffan Rodebrand

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