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The blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is a marine bird native to subtropical and tropical regions of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is one of six species of the genus Sula – known as boobies.

It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting them up and down while strutting before the female.

The female is slightly larger than the male and can measure up to 90 cm (35 in) long with a wingspan of up to 1.5 m (5 ft).

The natural breeding habitats of the blue-footed booby are the tropical and subtropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. It can be found from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America down to Peru. Approximately one half of all breeding pairs nest on the Galápagos Islands.

Its diet mainly consists of fish, which it obtains by diving and sometimes swimming underwater in search of its prey. It sometimes hunts alone, but usually hunts in groups.

The blue-footed booby usually lays one to three eggs at a time. The species practices asynchronous hatching, in contrast to many other species whereby incubation begins when the last egg is laid and all chicks hatch together. This results in a growth inequality and size disparity between siblings, leading to facultative siblicide in times of food scarcity. This makes the blue-footed booby an important model for studying parent-offspring conflict and sibling rivalry.

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Posted: 8 months, 3 weeks ago at Jan 4 12:44
They look super cute ♥
Posted: 8 months, 3 weeks ago at Jan 4 16:44
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Feb 16 16:36
thanks for the introduction KJ. had never heard of them before now :))
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Feb 16 19:27
There are also green-footed boobies. :)
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Feb 16 20:27
Funny name :) haha xxx
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at Feb 16 20:30

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