Blue-Footed Booby

Blue-Footed Booby Facts and Information

Sula nebouxii

 

Introduction

One of the most interesting looking birds is the Blue-Footed Booby. In fact some will say it is entertaining. It is about 32 inches tall with a wingspan up to 5 feet wide. They have been observed in a variety of locations and engaging in various funny scenarios such as when they try to walk around.

 

Class  Aves
Order  Suliformes
Family  Sulidae
Genus  Sula
Conservation status  Least Concern

Blue-Footed Booby Description

Of course by the name you already know that they have blue feet. They are a light blue color. The females are larger than males in body size. Both genders have dark colored wings and a dark top of the head. They also have a white or cream color down the front and on the rest of the wings. They have a pointed beak.

Blue-Footed Booby Distribution

They are mainly a marine bird, and they will only be on land for mating and for raising their young. They are found in the warmer regions around bodies of water. They need to be around water to get their food resources. They tend to live in areas that offer warmer bodies of water.

They usually don’t migrate due to the fact that they already live in very warm areas. However, they may change their habitat location if they can’t find a mate, can’t find a place to nest, or they are struggling to find enough food.

Blue-Footed Booby Behavior

Watching the Blue-Footed Booby on land is very entertaining. They are awkward when they walk and sway from side to side. This is why they aren’t on land very much at all. The majority of that time will be when they have young to care for.

The males and the females can be very vocal. They tend to be loners with the exception of mating and caring for young. The males may give out loud whistles to get the attention of the females. The females often respond to tell the male that she is interested.

Blue-Footed Booby Facts

Blue-Footed Booby – Sula nebouxii

Blue-Footed Booby Diet

The Blue-Footed Booby dives at top speeds towards the water to get food. They will find fish this way and consume them rapidly. They have been seen getting fish that are jumping in the air too. It is believed that fish are the only food that they consume. They may have to dive deep into the water at times to get the fish. They have amazing speed and vision that allows them to be able to find enough food.

The Blue-Footed Booby typically will hunt alone for fish but they have been seen hunting as groups. After they find their food they will eat it alone and not interact with the others in their hunting group.

Blue-Footed Booby Reproduction

Mating is very comical for the Blue-Footed Booby as well. The male will dance around on one foot. He will be stomping and turning with his wings outward. This is all to attract the female. After mating the female will lay 2 or 3 eggs. Both parents will work to create a nest for them to be safe in.

They place the eggs on top of their feet though while they are incubating them. The female will stay with the young when they hatch and the male will have to bring food back for all of them. The young will stay with the parents for the first two months of life. Then they will be on their own.

This is one of the few species of birds that will do its best to care for all of the young. Even if that means that the parents are exhausted in their efforts to bring them plenty of food. It is believed that this particular characteristic enables more of the Blue-Footed Booby to reach the age of maturity.

Blue-Footed Booby Information

Blue-Footed Booby Facts and Information

 

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