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  Blue-footed Booby, Punta Suarez, Isla Española
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The Blue-footed Boobies are funny looking birds, but also amazing with their bright blue feet and their special mating ritual. The Blue-footed Booby on Galapagos Islands is an endemic subspecies (Sula nebouxii excisa) and it is a common, with around 10 000 pairs.

As the name indicate the Blue-footed Boobies have bright blue webbed feet. The bill is greyish blue and the head brown and white. The under parts are white and the wings and upper parts are brown.

Males and females look alike, but males are slightly smaller than the females and the pupil of the females looks larger than the pupil of the males.

The Blue-footed Boobies feed on fish which they plunge dive into the Ocean for. When I snorkelled at Sullivan Bay (Santiago) one dived into the water just in front of me. They are really quick!

The Blue-footed Boobies have a very interesting mating ritual. The male make a dance in front of the female, where he raises one blue foot at a time. He then points the bill to the sky and spread out his wings. The male makes a whistle sound, and the female who has joined in with the movements answers with a more guttural honk. They than offer each another sticks and twigs, for a future nest. I was very happy to see this courtship ritual on Isla Española and I have a video of it both on my Isla Española page and on my Galapagos Islands page.

The Blue-footed Boobies form monogamous pairs and make their nest on the ground. The female lay 2-3 eggs, which both parents help to incubate. To keep the eggs warm they use their feet. After about 45 days the eggs hatch. If food supply is scarce the youngest and smallest chicks will be kicked out of the nest and only the biggest chick will be fed and survive.

The name Booby is believed to come from the Spanish word bobo, which means stupid.

The Blue-footed Boobies in the photos were all seen at Punta Suarez on Isla Española. It is an amazing place where you will see lots of birds just next to the path.

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  • Written Mar 18, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    It is amazing just how blue their feet are! Looks like somebody has been there with an aqua paintpot!

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