Red-footed Booby

Sula sula

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Booby and Gannets (Sulidae)

Code 4

RFBO

Code 6

SULSUL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-footed Booby has a large range, estimated globally at 50,000 to 100,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and Asia as well as many island nations and territories, this bird prefers neritic, oceanic, and coastal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 600,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-footed Booby is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Red-footed Booby: This black-tailed white-morph is a small booby with a white head, body and tail. It has a pale blue, pink-based face and pale blue bill. It has black flight feathers and bright red legs and feet. The brown form is brown overall with darker flight feathers. Strong steady wing beats with glides. It feeds on fish and small octopi. Sexes are similar, but the female is much larger.


Range and Habitat

Red-footed Booby: Breeds on tropical islands worldwide, including the West Indies, Galapagos, and throughout the Indian Ocean. Individuals are known to stray to Dry Tortugas off Florida, and they occur accidentally off Gulf and California coasts. This species is pelagic, only coming ashore to breed.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-Footed Booby has no brooding patch (bare skin on the underbelly) to keep their eggs warm. They use their webbed feet, which have an increased blood supply.
  • The Red-footed Booby is one of the few seabirds who build their nests in small trees and shrubs. Since there are no predators on most islands where it breeds, this trait probably developed to avoid competition for nesting territory with larger booby species.
  • A group of boobies are collectively known as a "congress", "hatch", and "trap" of boobies.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Red-footed Booby

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Gary Owen Dick

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Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X