Boobies nest on tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific coast of Central and South America, from Mexico to Peru.
Boobies often nest in inaccessible islands seldom visited by humans. One exception is on the Galapagos Islands, where increasing numbers of visitors can readily see the boobies waddle close by.
The blue-footed booby, a seabird that lives on tropical islands in the Pacific, has bright blue feet to impress his mate.
During courting, the male blue-footed booby flies over his territory flashing his feet at his mate. After landing he prances around, showing off his feet in a high-stepped walk. All the bowing and scraping, the bustling and flashing is part of an elaborate ritual of courtship.
In densely packed breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies, the elaborate mating dance maintains the pair bond and is necessary to start off a new generation.
Blue-footed boobies breed every 9 to 10 months and often have two or three young.
Boobies are large, strong-flying seabirds that love fish and go after them with skill and success.
The blue-footed booby’s tapered, torpedo-shaped body is adapted for plunge-diving. It often dives into the water from a great height, and because of its strong build and shock-absorbing air sacs, is among the few birds that can withstand the impact of a 100-foot dive into the sea.
Blue-footed boobies dive forcefully but with smooth accuracy to grab a fish using a serrated bill.