Blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands

The blue-footed booby is iconic of the Galapagos Islands, located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. This archipelago is home to about half of the world’s blue-footed boobies – the others can be found off the western coast of Latin America. During mating rituals, male birds show off their feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate. Blue-footed boobies also use their webbed feet to cover their young and keep them warm. The name is thought to come from the Spanish word “bobo” meaning “stupid” or “dumb” as European colonists may have characterized these clumsy and unwary birds. They are much more graceful in the air than on land. They are beautiful, if you ask me!












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