Blue-footed Booby Life History


Habitat OceansBreeds on open ground on islands. Forages off shore.Back to top


Food FishFish, especially flying fish.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

Slight depression on bare ground.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:1-3 eggs
Egg Description:Pale bluish.
Condition at Hatching:Helpless with little down.
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Behavior Aerial Dive (water)Plunge-dives from various heights into schools of fish. May catch flying fish in the air.Back to top


Conservation DecliningThe largest Blue-footed Booby breeding population is located on Galapagos Islands, where they are protected. However, in North America, populations are declining. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates about 90,000 birds in the Gulf of California and rates the species a 17 out of 20 on the Continental COncern Score. They are not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


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North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Palmer, R. S. 1962a. Handbook of North American Birds, Vol. 1: Loons through Flamingos. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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