Blue Footed Booby Facts, Look at Those Sexy Feet!

Blue Footed Booby Facts 

My, What Sexy Feet You Have!

Face it, you’ve always wanted the goods on the blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii), right?  Even if you haven’t, you’re sure to find these blue footed booby facts as fascinating as I do.

This interesting animal is a marine bird.  It has bright blue webbed feet and a blue-gray face to match. The blue-footed booby belongs the Order Pelecaniformes (Pelicans and their relatives).

Blue Footed Booby Facts
Photo Credit: Max Westby, Flickr,
Blue footed booby facts
Photo Credit: Kerry Lannert, Flickr

Just look at those sexy feet!

Aside from their distinctive blue feet, the blue-footed booby has long pointed wings and a narrow pointed bill.

During mating rituals, the male blue-footed boobies show off their blue feet to prospective mates during their courtship dance by lifting their feet up and down while strutting before the female.  The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate.

The female is slightly larger than the male and can measure up to 36 inches (90 cm) long with a wingspan of up to 4.9 ft. (1.5 m).  The average weight is 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg).

Its eyes are placed on either side of its bill and oriented towards the front, enabling excellent binocular vision.

Blue Footed Booby Facts
Juvenile. Photo Credit: Sergio Marrcoli, Flickr

The boobies’ diet consists of fish, which they dive for by folding their long wings back around their streamlined bodies and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet (24 meters). Blue-footed boobies can also dive from a sitting position on the water’s surface.

Because of this habit of diving for their food, the booby’s nostrils are permanently closed.  It breathes through the corners of its mouth.

Blue Footed Booby Facts
Photo Credit: putneymark , Flickr

Like other boobies, blue-footed ones nest on land at night.

Females start breeding when they are 1 to 6 years old, while males start breeding when they are 2 to 6 years old.  The blue-footed booby lays one to three eggs at a time, and both parents feed and care for them.

Blue-footed booby chicks have black beaks and feet and are clad with a layer of soft white down.  The parents use their handsome webbed feet to cover their young to keep them warm.

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The average lifespan of a blue-footed booby in the wild is 17 years!

All half-dozen or so booby species are thought to take their name from the Spanish word “bobo,”  (meaning “stupid”, “fool”, or “clown”) because of their clumsiness on land.  They may also have been regarded as foolish for their apparent fearlessness of humans.

There are approximately 40,000 breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies in the world.  The Galápagos Islands population includes about half of all breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies.

SOURCES for “Blue Footed Booby Facts“:  Wikipedia and National Geographic


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11 thoughts on “Blue Footed Booby Facts, Look at Those Sexy Feet!”

  1. Someone told me his friend wore a boobie hat and the birds followed her. I was hoping to buy one online before going to the Galapagos but cannot find. I only see caps with small pictures but I’m thinking her hat had the big blue fee. If you know where to find, I would very much appreciate!

    • Barbara, sorry I can’t help you out on finding the perfect boobie hat. (I did a little research, but with no luck.) I envy you your upcoming trip to the Galapagos. I’ve always wanted to go and check out the huge iguanas! Have fun and take tons of pictures.

  2. How could I not read this blog post on blue-footed boobies after that hilarious Facebook pic/caption (“My eyes are up here”)? Thanks for the informative bit on an animal I would otherwise have never known even existed..

    • Haha. That’s cool that you came over here after seeing that FB pic. Well, I’m glad you learned something new today about the Blue Footed Booby. You’ll never forget about this animal now. 🙂 Thanks so much for the visit.


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