Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fancy Footwork; Blue-footed Booby

If you loved the movie Happy Feet you will enjoy getting to know the Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)

This beautiful subtropical/tropical marine bird, native in the eastern Pacific Ocean, is easily recognised by their feet! Males use their bright blue feet in an elaborate dance to win their mate. 

from World of Beauty FB page

Boobies spend their lives at sea hunting fish and are related to other well known sea-birds the gannets. They are a big bird with few predators although vulnerable as young at nesting areas. Like all other seabirds they are heavily impacted by human land-based activities that create marine debris including deadly plastic pollution. 

The western Pacific Ocean hosts other varieties and in Australian waters one can find the Abbotts Booby, Brown Booby, Masked Booby and Red-footed Booby. 

Yes, there is a Red-footed Booby! What interesting and colourful marine birds. We need to look after them. 

See more at here and a Wikipedia article here.

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