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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

17 Amaze-wing Facts About The Booby Bird For Kids

Booby bird facts about the blue-breasted booby bird.

Blue-footed boobies are marine birds and are often seen in coastal regions and along seashores. Booby birds belong to the Animalia kingdom, come under the class of Aves, and the Sulidae family with the genus of these birds being Sula.  These tropical seabirds are carnivores who prey on sardines, mackerel, flying fish, squid, and several other aquatic species. The scientific name of a blue-footed booby is Sula nebouxii. They can be found in the eastern parts of California to the southern parts of Peru. Blue-footed boobies are native to the Galapagos Islands.

These birds got the name 'booby' based on the Spanish word 'bobo' which translates into stupid as they used to land on sailing ships habitually and were captured and devoured by the sailors. There are various subspecies of the booby bird that can be found across a range of habitats. The green-footed booby bird, blue-footed booby, brown booby bird, red-footed booby, masked booby, Nazca booby, and Peruvian booby are some of the most popular subspecies. Here are some interesting facts about the flying booby birds, after which you must check out our other animal fact files on the blue-footed booby and red-footed booby.  

Booby Bird Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a booby bird?

The booby is a bird and is a carnivorous animal native to the Galapagos Islands. It is a bird that travels and lives in coastal regions. They are colorful birds whose subspecies have been named after their appearance. For example, the blue-footed booby has been named after its bright blue feet. The booby bird diet comprises is small fishes, anchovies, and other small marine animals.

What class of animal does a booby bird belong to?

A blue-footed booby is a bird of the class Aves. These tropical seabirds are pure carnivores. They are also known as boobies in common parlance. The blue-footed booby is one of the species in the six species of the booby bird family.

How many booby birds are there in the world?

Booby birds are the Least Concerned species in terms of conservation status according to research by IUCN. There are six species that exist in the booby family. There is a sufficient population of booby birds present in the wild. There is no accurate number so as to how many booby birds are there in the world.

Where does a booby bird live?

The booby bird habitat is usually in coastal regions along the Pacific Ocean. These birds are native to the Galapagos Islands. They are present from the eastern Pacific Ocean in California to the southern coast of Peru.

What is a booby bird's habitat?

Boobies are marine birds that are native to the Galapagos Islands. Blue-footed boobies are often known to live along the seashores. These tropical seabirds roam around the sea and ocean diving for food. Their food is small fishes, anchovies, and other small marine animals which they catch from the open waters with their excellent diving capabilities.

Who do booby birds live with?

Booby birds live in colonies. Blue-footed boobies nest together in groups. They are known to move in groups and live in groups. Boobies are known to hunt in groups in coastal regions. Blue-footed boobies do not make any nest but rather lay their eggs on the ground where they defecate around the nest to create a sort of wall along with the boobies nest, albeit made of excrement.

How long does a booby bird live?

The blue-footed booby's average lifespan is around 12-17 years. Their population is known to live in colonies and are at least concerned about conservation status. They mainly eat small fishes and anchovies for their diet. The lifespan and life cycle of the booby birds are based on certain factors such as their habitat, availability of food, and their size.

How do they reproduce?

The blue-footed booby bird courtship dance is the highlight of the varied mating rituals of these birds during the courtship and breeding season. The male birds take great pride in their bright blue feet and use them to attract a mate. They engage in the blue-footed booby bird ballet where the blue feet are showcased to the females in the form of dancing rituals. It is believed that the bluer the feet, the more attractive is the male, and the higher is the ability to fertilize the eggs. After the female has selected the mate, the process of sexual mating takes place. Afterward, the female blue-footed booby bird will lay a clutch of around two to three eggs in the booby bird nest, with a difference of around four or five days between each egg. Both males and females participate in incubating the blue-footed booby bird eggs as well as safeguarding them. After the incubation period of around 28-35 days, the eggs hatch, and the blue-footed booby bird chicks are born. Parents take care of the chicks till the young blue-footed boobies are old enough to fend for themselves.

The red-footed booby's incubation period is a bit longer, between 44-46 days and eggs are often placed in a tree.

What is their conservation status?

The blue-footed booby's conservation status is Least Concern at present. According to research by IUCN, blue-footed boobies are abundant and are available in a sufficient number in the world. The booby birds face only minor threats to their population and are hence protected by various government laws. The masked and red-footed boobies are also in the Least Concern category.

Booby Bird Fun Facts

What do booby birds look like?

Boobies are beautiful sea birds that are known for their colorful appearance. These birds are usually named after the dominant color in their appearance such as blue-footed booby, red-footed booby, brown booby, and so on. The most distinct feature of their body is the attractive webbed feet which are an integral part of their mating rituals and the beautiful wings. Most species have a white underbelly and colorful feathers on the upper side.

The blue-footed booby bird adaptations have played a big role in its survival.

How cute are they?

All six species of booby birds are cute as their looks are outstanding and beautiful. All booby birds have white bellies but all six species have different colored feet. The six species of booby birds have been named after the dominant color on their body. Their color makes them look attractive as well as cute at the same time.

How do they communicate?

They are tactile, acoustic, and visual in nature. Blue-footed boobies can communicate through touch, visuals, and make a sound. The booby birds are well known for their incredible and loud sounds.

How big is a booby bird?

All the booby birds have similar sizes to other members of the species. Blue-footed boobies are up to 35 in (88.9 cm) long with a wingspan of up to 60 in (152.4 cm). They are the birds that always live around the seashores.

How fast can a booby bird ​fly?

It is known that blue-footed boobies can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph (96.5 kph), thanks to their nearly 5 ft (152.4 cm) wingspan. They are really fast when compared to other birds. Blue-footed boobies can increase their speeds when they are preying on a fish.

How much does a booby bird weigh?

A blue-footed booby's average weight is around 3.5 lb (1.5 kg) which is similar to other booby birds. As a matter of fact, all booby birds are approximately similar in weight with only slight differences based on size and habitat.

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male and female species of booby birds are known as the male booby and the female booby. The male booby always tries to impress the female booby to reproduce. Young males are considered the best for the mating process. The breeding happens every time in the year as they want.

What would you call a baby booby bird?

The young booby bird's common name is a chick.

What do they eat?

The booby birds get their food from marine sources. Their diet includes anchovies, sardines, and other small, pelagic fishes, and also occasionally squid.

Blue-footed booby bird predators include humans, owls, and other birds of prey.

Are they dangerous?

No, booby birds are not dangerous as they are tame and docile around humans and love to be around human beings. Therefore, they are not dangerous and are docile in nature.

Would they make a good pet?

No, booby birds do not make good pets. In most countries, it is illegal to have booby birds as pets in the house as they are legally protected by the government. Providing a diet for them can be costly as well as difficult and they are known to be extremely messy and smelly birds.

Did you know...

The blue feet of the booby birds turn into blue color once they mature.

The female booby birds are bigger in size as compared to the male booby birds. The pupils of the male and female are different in size.

As the bird has a body that is shaped like a cigar, and wings that are narrow, and also a tail that is pointed, the birds are remarkably agile in the water. The characteristics of the booby birds make them well adapted to the underwater world.

The male booby birds make the sound like whistles in order to attract a female booby bird for the mating process. When the pair of booby birds are together, they are known to do a courtship dance.

When you spot a booby bird laughing in the Galapagos Islands, it actually means they are cooling themselves.

A group of boobies is called a congress, trap, or hatch of boobies.

The booby bird's adaptations

When the booby birds spot their prey, they use their physical adaptations, which helps in making them exceptional divers. They have adapted to the environment where there is a water surface so as to find their prey.

How are booby birds different?

The one best feature that is different about a booby bird is that its body is shaped like a cigar, its wings are narrow, and it has a tail that is long and pointed which makes it agile in the water. There are different kinds of booby birds namely the red-footed booby, masked booby, brown booby, Peruvian booby, and Nazca booby which differ from each other according to their size, shape, weight, and facial characteristics.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our Sparrowhawk fun facts and Cooper’s hawk facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Booby Bird coloring pages.

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