Worldwide Wanderer: Red-Footed Booby

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Worldwide Wanderer:
Red-footed Booby
This smallest member of the gannet and booby family occurs in several white and brown color morphs, but all share the striking red legs and feet that give the bird its name. The name “booby” may come from the Spanish word bobo, meaning “stupid,” since these birds—having no natural predators on their nesting islands—show no fear of humans. They often roost on boats at sea and appear tame.Like other island-nesting seabirds such as Laysan Albatross, Red-footed Boobies are in decline due to climate change-induced sea level rise, habitat loss, overfishing, and predation by invasive species.

 

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Red-footed Booby, Dan Lebbin

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