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Blue-footed booby

Sula nebouxii


The Blue-footed Booby is on average 81 centimetres (32 in) long and weighs 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb), with the females slightly larger than the males. It has long pointed wings and a wedge shaped tail. They have strong, thick necks. The booby's eyes are placed on either side of their bill and oriented towards the front. They have excellent binocular vision. The Blue-footed Booby's eyes are yellow. The male has more yellow on its iris than the female. The Blue-footed Booby has permanently closed nostrils made for diving. They breathe through the corners of their mouths. Their feet range from a pale turquoise to a deep aquamarine. Males and younger birds have lighter feet than females do.The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means "stupid" or "fool"/"clown". This is because the Blue-footed Booby is clumsy on the land, and (like other seabirds), they can be very tame and therefore easily captured, killed, and eaten by humans.


A bird in the Sulidae family which comprises ten species of long-winged seabirds. The natural breeding habitat of the Blue-footed Booby is tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific Ocean, most famously, the Gal√°pagos Islands, Ecuador.

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Amy Raybuck
Amy Raybuck 10 years ago


CynthiaMHori 10 years ago

Oh how I love this little bird! Nice photo!

Amy Raybuck
Amy Raybuck 10 years ago

Haha! Thanks! I just got back. I wanted to share the wonder of the islands.

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

I feel like I am taking a tour of the Galapagos islands and it is fascinating!

Amy Raybuck
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Spotted on Mar 10, 2011
Submitted on Mar 21, 2011

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