Posted by: danielfee | September 12, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-12-2012

Blue footed booby – Galapagos Islands

The blue-footed booby is a long-winged seabird found in the tropical and subtropical islands of the Pacific Ocean, most famously the Galapagos Islands. The blue-footed booby is the most easily seen booby in the Galapagos, however it is the least abundant of the boobies. The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo which means ‘stupid’ or ‘fool’ or ‘clown’. This is because the blue-footed booby is clumsy on land. The brightness of male foot color is dependent on access to food. The male’s foot coloration is extremely sensitive, with changes perceivable by female birds within a 48 hour period. The courtship of the blue-footed booby consists of the male flaunting his blue feet and dancing to impress the female. During the dance the male will spread his wings and stamp his feet on the ground.

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  1. Love the feet! One of my favorite birds.


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