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Red-Footed Booby

 

 

The Red-footed Booby (Sula sula websteri, piquero de patas rojas) can be easily identified by its distinctive red feet, blue-gray bill, pinkish facial skin, and brown outer plumage. It is also the smallest of the three booby species in the Galapagos and nests in tree-tops and ledges, instead of on the ground.

 

Courtship among red-footed boobies is similar to the blue-footed variety, but it is performed in the trees. Unlike the blue-footed booby, the red-footed booby lays a single egg on a platform of twigs and guano. The egg is then incubated by both parents for 45 days. The chick is dependent on its parents for food for about a year. The red-footed booby feeds exclusively on fish, which are caught far away from land near deep-ocean bajos, or submarine volcanoes.

 

Red-footed boobies are most frequently viewed at Genovesa and Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal).

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Galápagos Islands: The Islanders Take Over, Brown Pelican, Galápagos Adventure Tours, Recommended Reading List, Galapagos Cruises: What's Included?, The Waved Albatross, Buccaneer Cove, Mammals - Galapagos, Cruise Tours and Marine Iguana.








04 Jun 2007



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