Saturday, January 12, 2013

Blue-Footed Booby

Blue-Footed Booby

Sula nebouxii
Photo: Blue-footed booby in the Galápagos Islands
Not just attractive physical features, the blue feet of this booby can be used to cover its chicks and keep them warm.
Photograph by Tim Laman
Blue-footed boobies are aptly named, and males take great pride in their fabulous feet. 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.
These boobies live off the western coasts of Central and South America. The Galápagos Islands population includes about half of all breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies.

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