March 11, 2017 – Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

Requested by: @gepwin

Found in tropical oceans around the world, these boobies nest on cliffs of rocky islands or on flat coral atolls. They eat squid and fish, particularly flying fish and anchovies, often fishing in areas where their smaller prey is driven to the surface by large predators and around fishing boats. Sometimes diving at prey from as high as 50 feet (15 meters), they also pluck food from the water’s surface, or steal from other seabirds. They nest on the ground in colonies, building mounds of branches, bones, grass, trash, and other materials. Pairs often remain together for multiple years and frequently reuse their nest sites. Both parents incubate, using the webbing of their large feet to warm the eggs. Reaching breeding age at around four or five, they can live for over 25 years.

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