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Galapagos Wildlife, Blue-footed boobies

The blue-footed boobies are birds and more common sight in the Galapagos Islands, and which nests near the coast in many of the islands of the archipelago and also feeds near their shores. They feed on fish and marine invertebrates caught in the water. They are excellent fliers, capable of high speeds and take advantage of air currents to move.

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  • Scientific name:Sula nebouxi
  • Class:Birds
  • Family:Sulidae
  • Size:90 cm
  • Weight:1,6 kilos

 

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Blue-footed boobies Galapagos

The blue-footed boobies are birds and more common sight in the Galapagos Islands, and which nests near the coast in many of the islands of the archipelago and also feeds near their shores. They feed on fish and marine invertebrates caught in the water. They are excellent fliers, capable of high speeds and take advantage of air currents to move.

The Galapagos Islands have three different types of species of boobies - Red-footed, blue footed and masked.

Boobies can be seen playing in most of the Galapagos Islands. Watching these birds is quite a sight as they dive into the water while swimming on the surface, almost instantly, this particular ability is what makes them different from other species of boobies.

The size of the blue-footed boobies is on average less than 3 feet long and its wingspan is about 5 feet. They weigh between 3 and 4 pounds, the female being larger than the male.

These birds have long necks and beautiful blue legs, spider web. The feathers on the wings are brown and his head and neck are brown with black stripes. His chest and underparts are white. The average life span for these sea birds is about 17 years.

The blue-footed boobies fly with its wings close to your body, and enter the water like a torpedo almost without splashing water. After his first dive they swim underwater to find their prey, and out of water several meters beyond its initial immersion prey.

The pikemen are a protected species in the Galapagos Islands and it is estimated that about 40,000 birds of this species living in the Islands. The most important colonies of these birds on the island are Spanish and North Seymour. A closer look at these beautiful birds of the Galapagos Islands is truly a unique experience.

Galapagos Wildlife, Blue-footed boobies

Galapagos Wildlife

 

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