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About the Masked Booby

The Masked Booby is the largest booby with a wingspan of 5 feet. It can be found in tropical oceans around the world. They are excellent divers, able to plunge into the ocean at high speeds.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 July 2009
Scientific Name Sula dactylatra
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Sulidae
  • Sula
  • S. dactylatra
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 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
32 to 36 inches
60 inches
53 ounces
Range West Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia Central Africa East Africa North America Caribbean South America United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Atobá-grande (Brazilian)
  • Terej Maskový (Czech)
  • Maskesule (Danish)
  • Maskergent (Dutch)
  • Naamiosuula (Finnish)
  • Fou masqué (French)
  • Maskentölpel (German)
  • Sula Mscherata (Italian)
  • アオツラカツオドリ (Aotsukaratsuodori) (Japanese)
  • Gluptak Maskowy (Polish)
  • Белая олуша (Russian)
  • Alcatraz Enmascarado (Spanish)
  • Masksula (Swedish)