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Blue-footed Booby

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About the Blue-footed Booby

Also known as: Blue Booby

The Blue-footed Booby is one of seven species of Boobies in the world. The name "booby" comes from the Spanish term "bobo", which means "stupid". It was given this name because of its clumsy walking on land. They can be found on the west coast of North and South American and they breed on tropical and subtropical islands in the Pacific Ocean, most famously on the Galápagos Islands.

Blue Boobies are strict marine birds. They only come to land to breed along rocky coats.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 March 2009
Scientific Name Sula nebouxii
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Sulidae
  • Sula
  • S. nebouxii
Birdorable Family Waterbirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • 蓝脚鲣鸟 (Chinese)
  • Terej Modronohý (Czech)
  • Blåfodet Sule (Danish)
  • Blauwpootgent (Dutch)
  • Sinijalkasuula (Finnish)
  • Fou à Pieds Bleus (French)
  • Blaufußtölpel (German)
  • Sula Piediazzurri (Italian)
  • アオアシカツオドリ (Aoashikatsuodori) (Japanese)
  • Blåfotsule (Norwegian)
  • Gluptak Niebieskonogi (Polish)
  • Голубоногая олуша (Russian)
  • Piquero Camanay (Spanish)
  • Blåfotad Sula (Swedish)

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