Blue-footed booby Archive

Blue-footed booby – Sula nebouxii Originally uploaded by ConstantineD The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is a bird in the Sulidae family which comprises ten species of long-winged seabirds. 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. Like other seabirds, they can be very tame. The natural breeding habitat of the Blue-footed Booby is tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific Ocean, most famously, the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. Description The Blue-footed Booby is on average 81 cm (32 in) long and weighs 1.5 kg (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. [&hellip

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I have loved this bird for a long time now. I am surprised I did not pick him sooner for the bird of the day but here he is…the lovable blue footed booby. Why sooooooooooooooooooo blue little birdy? I couldn’t find a specific reason these silly sea birdies have blue feet but I did find out some interesting facts about them and their little blue feeties. “Booby” stems from the Spanish word “bobo” which means dunce. Apparently, these birds are very clumsy on land and thusly earned their name “the blue-footed dunce”. “The blue-footed booby lacks “brooding patches” of skin to keep the eggs warm, so instead it uses its feet to incubate them. (Despite their blue appearance, the feet have an excellent blood supply.)” [&hellip

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I was searching around at bird videos and found this one. I remembered how much I love these little blue-footed boobies. A friend of mine introduced me to them and I’ve loved them ever since. They are adorable. I love the way they dance about showing off their feet. I will post some information I found about them. Again, I’ll synthesize it sometime, I hope! Here is what I found: Blue-footed boobies are aptly named, and males take great pride in their fabulous feet. During mating rituals, male birds show off their feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate. These boobies live off the western coasts of Central and South America. The Galápagos Islands population [&hellip

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