Description of the red-footed booby
The red-footed Booby (Sula sula) is a medium-sized seabird belonging to the Sulidae family. It owes its name to its bright red webbed feet and legs which distinguish it from other boobies. The red-footed Booby is about 2 to 2.3 feet long and has a wingspan of about 4 to 4.5 feet. It has a slender body, a pointed head, and a tapered, hooked bill that is slightly curved downward. The body feathers are brown, while the head and neck feathers are black. The webbed feet and legs are bright red, which contrasts with the darker body colors. The eyes of the Red-footed Booby are also characteristic, with a light blue iris surrounded by a red eye band. It is a marine bird that feeds mainly on fish, squid and other small marine animals that it catches by diving into the water from heights of up to 100 feet. It is known for its group fishing technique, where the birds gather and dive at the same time to trap fish in a tight school.
When to see them?
Galapagos red-footed Boobies can be observed throughout the year in their natural habitat. However, the breeding period of this species is mainly between May and November, which makes it a privileged period to observe these birds. During this period, red-footed Boobies gather in breeding colonies on the rocky cliffs of the archipelago to nest and raise their young. The islands of Espanola and Genovesa are known to have the largest breeding colonies of red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos.
Where to observe them?
The islands of Espanola and Genovesa are known to have the largest breeding colonies of red-footed Boobies in the Galapagos. On Española Island, it is possible to observe them in the Punta Suárez colony, where they gather to nest and raise their young between May and November. Genovesa Island is also home to an important breeding colony of red-footed Boobies between June and December.