Who you calling stupid!?
Sula nebouxii has got
to be one of the coolest birds you could ever have the
opportunity to see. Sula nebouxii is known commonly
as the Blue-footed Booby. If
you're already laughing by the name of this creature, just
wait until you see it walk, or better yet, see it's mating dance. This bird will rock your
socks off! The Blue-footed Booby got its name from the
Spanish word "bobo"
which means stupid or foolish.
These birds are affectionately called stupid
fellows. One of the reasons these birds are called stupid is
because of their lack of fear toward humans. If you ever
visit a Booby colony you should expect to be able to get
very close to these birds without sending them flying in the
Blue-footed Boobies are
identifiable by their distinguished blue feet. They are
mostly brown creatures on top with white patches near the neck and
tail. Their heads are both white and brown with streaking. The underside is white.
Sula nebouxii have long tails and long bills which
are gray and sometimes has a blue tint to it. Generally,
Blue-footed Boobies get to be about 30 or so inches tall and
weigh up to four pounds. Chicks are fluffy and white,
but born naked, as can be seen in the picture here.
Click here to
learn more about their babies.
Sula nebouxii females are slightly larger than
males. In the picture on the left, a male and female booby
are standing together with the male on the left and female
on the right. Look at their eyes and notice the difference
in the size of the pupil. If you are in a Booby colony and hear a high pitched
whistle, that's not the gym teacher. That is the sound the
male Blue-footed Booby will make. In contrast, female
boobies will sound more like a honking goose.
To see how the Blue-footed Booby is classified
About the author:
My name is Amanda Kops. I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and seeking a degree in Biology with a Biomedical Concentration. I plan to become a Physician Assistant. In my free time, when I can find it, I like to read, play Frisbee golf, play with my kitty, Hagrid, and just be outside.