Galapagos Blue-Footed Booby Facts

  • Scientific Name:
    Sula nebouxii
  • Family:
    Sulidae
  • Length:
    76 -84cm (30 - 33 in)
  • Weight:
    Males up to 250kg (551 lbs)
    Females up to 120kg (265 lbs)
Blue-footed Booby Bird

Common resident endemic subspecies excise. Population estimated at 20,000 pairs; breeds throughout the year, nesting on the ground.

Identification:

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.

Voice:

At breeding colony, males give a plaintive whistle whereas females and immatures give a hoarse "quack".

Behavior:

Courtship display, performed near nest, involves birds lifting their feet and waving them in the air. Usually feeds close inshore.

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