Brown Booby (Palau)

Sula leucogaster plotus

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Boobies and Gannets (Sulidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

SULLEU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brown Booby has a large range that includes subtropical and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, including waters around Palau. The global population is estimated to be around 200,000 individuals. Although declines are suspected for this species, they aren't big enough to warrant its inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of this, the conservation rating of the Brown Booby is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Brown Booby (Palau): Large seabird with medium, yellow to blue-gray bill, blue to yellow facial skin, and medium, wedge-shaped tail. Sexes are similar; black-brown above, and on breast. White on rest of underparts and wing linings. Medium, green-yellow legs and webbed feet. Juvenile like adult but has black-brown bill, and little or no white on underparts.

 

Range and Habitat

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Brown Booby (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Brown Booby E1

Typical call

Brown Booby R1

Juvenile calls

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chuff chuff", "a-aarrk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Boobies engage in elaborate greeting rituals and spectacular dives, during which the plunge into the ocean at high speeds.
  • The Brown Booby's Latin name, leucogaster, means "white stomach," which references its strikingly white breast and belly.
  • The subspecies found on Palau was first described in 1844 by ornithologist J.R. Forster.
  • A group of boobies is collectively known as a "trap" of boobies.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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