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Blue-Footed Booby

Scientific name: Sula nebouxii


Blue-Footed Booby - Sula nebouxii.

Blue-Footed Booby - Sula nebouxii.

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The blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is a sea bird with bright blue webbed feet and a blue-gray face to match. The blue-footed booby belongs the Order Pelecaniformes (Pelicans and their relatives) and has long pointed wings and a narrow pointed bill.

Male blue-footed boobies show off their blue feet during their courtship dance by picking up their feet and displaying them in exagerated steps.

There are approximately 40,000 breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies in the world and half of them inhabit the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands, located about 600 miles off the west coast of South America. Tropical oceanic islands, ocean.



  • Burnie D, Wilson DE. 2001. Animal. London: Dorling Kindersley. 624 p.
  • Harris M. 2001. Sula nebouxii, Animal Diversity Web. June 21, 2006.
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