Blue Footed Booby

Although blue footed boobies are not endemic to the area, the Galápagos islands are home to over half of all breeding pairs. These boobies nest on land at night and take off at dawn in search of food. Their diet consists mainly of anchovies and it is the pigmentation of the fish that gives them their blue feet.

It is thought that the booby birds got their name from the Spanish word ‘bobo’ (meaning stupid) which is how early European colonists may have characterised the birds when seeing them walking clumsily on land, their least graceful environment. It is also thought that the early Europeans may have characterised these birds as ‘stupid’ due to the fact that they were unafraid of humans, as they had never encountered a human meaning to do them harm.

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