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.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Pelecaniformes
- Family: Sulidae
- Genus: Sula
- Species: Sula nebouxii
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