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Friday, November 1, 2013

Red-footed booby

We've seen thousands of blue-footed boobies and quite a few Nazca boobies, but Genovesa was our only chance to see the third Galapagos booby species, the red-footed booby.

The other boobies have fairly plain faces, but the red-footed is ridiculously colorful. And I love the way the bird's belly reflects the color of those cherry-red feet.

Another unusual fact about those feet: they're prehensile. Though they're webbed like those of other seabirds, they can grip, so red-footeds can sit on branches, looking down on the lowly Nazcas that can only sit on the ground.

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