|Class: Aves: Birds
64 - 74 cm (25 - 29 in)
|Scientific Name: Sula
||Habitat: mostly coastal
Tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
were apparently given their common name because of their folly in allowing
sailors to approach and kill them for food. Like gannets, boobies plunge-dive
for fish and squid but specialize in feeding in shallow water and in the
catching of flyingfish. The brown booby stays nearer the coast than the
gannet and breeds on cliffs and rocks or even on beaches and coral reefs.
The female lays 1 or 2 eggs in a hollow on the ground or among rocks, and
both parents share the incubation and feeding duties.