Blue Footed Booby Facts
- The distinctive Blue Footed Booby is a rather remarkable marine bird in the family Sulidae. This family holds a total of ten species of seabirds, many of which display unique blue feet. The males use those brilliant feet as a rather important display during mating rituals.
- The origin of the generic name booby presumably comes from the Spanish word for stupid. In ancient times, the various species became popular for their habit of landing on the decks of sailing vessels, where hungry sailors easily captured and ate them.
- The Blue Footed Booby has brilliant blue feet important for their mating rituals but is not the smartest of birds.Click To Tweet
- Arguably, pretty feet but maybe not the smartest of birds.
Blue Footed Booby Physical Description
This interesting bird also displays sexual dimorphism in two ways. The blue coloring of the feet is much brighter in the males. The females also grow slightly larger in size.
Blue Footed Booby Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The Blue Footed Booby is strictly a marine bird, only needing land for breeding and nesting, usually in colonies. It typically constructs its nest amid the rocks of shorelines.
This avian is native to the region of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Within that range, it nests on both the various tropical and subtropical islands and may live across a territory ranging from the Gulf of California, in North America, to Peru.
Roughly half of all pairs mate and nest on the Galapagos Islands.
Breeding occurs every 8-9 months, yet only 1-3 eggs are laid. The diet consists almost entirely of fish and individuals feed by diving, and sometimes even swimming, beneath the surface of the ocean to catch prey.