Common Name: Blue Footed Booby

Scientific Name: Sula nebouxii

Kingdom: Animalia 

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Pelecaniformes

Family: Sulidae

Genius: Sula

Species: S. nebouxii


This report is about the Blue-footed Booby. They live on the Galapagos Island and California. They are rare birds. Their diet is fish. They have blue feet. They are called booby because they are clumsy. 


The Blue-footed Booby’s most famous habitat is the Galapagos Island, but it can be found from California to South American coasts. The breeding numbers is under 40,000.  The Blue-footed Booby are a rare type of booby.


The Blue-footed Booby only eats fish.  It eats sardines, anchovies, and flying fish. They can “plunge-dive” which is diving from heights up to 80 feet into the water!  These birds hit the water around 60 mph. The Blue-footed Booby swim into a school of fish to eat them. 


The Blue-footed Booby’s have strong necks. They are 32 inches tall and weigh about 3 lbs.  Males are usually smaller than the females, males have smaller pupils and lighter feet than the females too. The males dance for the females to mate with. Females lay 2 or 3 eggs and both parents take turns incubating them.  The male and female mate for life.


The Blue-footed Booby gets its name from the color of its feet and the Spanish term bobo, which means stupid or foolish. They are very cool if you think about it. The Sula nebouxii or Blue-footed Booby is a very interesting bird!

Author: Tyler L.
Published: 3/2010