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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Sulidae
Genus:Sula
Genus species:Sula dactylatra

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:74-86 cm
Identification:The blue-faced booby is mostly white with black or dark brown flight feathers and tail. Its bill and feet are yellow. The booby's facial skin is gray-black around the bill.
Habitat:Tropical seas
Diet:Carnivore: fish, squid
Reproduction:Boobies form monogamous pairs, building their nests on the ground in large colonies. Females lay 1-2 eggs each year that are incubated by both parents for 43 days. If there are two eggs, the older chick will attack and eject its younger, smaller sibling from the nest. Fledging occurs at 109-151 days.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The blue-faced booby is the largest booby species.

Other Information

Geographic:North America
South America
Date:1973-07 Subjects:Blue-faced booby
gull-like bird
Masked booby
Sula
Boobies (Birds)
Sulidae
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata