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Common resident endemic subspecies excise. Population estimated at 20,000 pairs; breeds throughout the year, nesting on the ground.
ADULT: Sexes alike, although females have pigmented area around iris making pupil appear larger; blue feet diagnostic. JUVENILE: Resembles juvenile Nazca Booby but lacks well-defined brown 'bib' of that species and shows white patch at base of hindneck and white rump.
At breeding colony, males give a plaintive whistle whereas females and immatures give a hoarse "quack".
Courtship display, performed near nest, involves birds lifting their feet and waving them in the air. Usually feeds close inshore.
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