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A Beautiful Bird “Blue-Footed Booby”

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A seabird known for its very distinctive bright blue feet is the blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii). It is a marine bird native to the eastern Pacific Ocean’s subtropical and tropical regions. It is one of six species known as boobies, of the genus Sula. Their feet turn blue as individuals of this species become older, a secondary sex trait used to attract mates in courtship behavior. 
The name “booby” comes from the Spanish word ‘bobo’ meaning foolish and describes these species’ clumsiness on land and willingness to approach people. In an elaborate mating ritual, males show their feet by raising them up and down while strutting against the female. The female is slightly larger than the male and, with a wingspan of up to 1.5 m (5 ft), can measure up to 90 cm (35 in) long. These boobies live off Central and South America’s West Coasts. The population of the Galápagos Islands comprises about half of all Blue-footed Boobies breeding pairs.