Blue-footed Booby

Sula nebouxii

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Boobies and Gannets (Sulidae)

Code 4

BFBO

Code 6

SULNEB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-footed Booby occurs in coastal waters in the Pacific Ocean from western Mexico south to Central America, the Galapagos Islands, and western South America to southern Peru. The population of this species is estimated to range between 100,000 and 500,000 birds. The Blue-footed Booby does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-footed Booby: Large, gull-like seabird with white body, brown wings and brown-streaked head and back. The blue-gray bill is long and stout. Legs and feet are powder blue. Plunge dives for fish from 50 feet above shallow water. Alternates rapid, deep wing beats with sailing glides.

 

Range and Habitat

Blue-footed Booby: This resident species breeds from Gulf of California along the Pacific coasts of Central and South America to Peru. In summer, a few stray to Salton Sea in southeastern California or, infrequently, to southern California coast. This species is pelagic, only coming ashore to breed.

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Blue-footed Booby SONGS AND CALLS

Blue-footed Booby A1

Calls from birds around a nesting colony.

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Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Blue-footed Booby derives its name from the Spanish word bobo which means stupid or silly. Its lack of fear and clumsiness on land made this bird easy prey for man.
  • They have no brooding patch (bare skin on the underbelly) to keep their eggs warm. They use their webbed feet, which have an increased blood supply and for the first month after hatching, the chicks stand on their parent’s feet to keep warm.
  • Unlike other boobies, the Blue-footed Booby can dive into the water from a position of swimming on the surface.
  • A group of boobies are collectively known as a "congress", "hatch", and "trap" of boobies.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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TERMINOLOGY

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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