So amazing and almost fluorescent blue face and feet pop from an otherwise mundane and somewhat clumsy

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The blue-footed booby is a seabird distinguished by its brilliant blue feet.

The blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is a marine bird found in the subtropical and tropical parts of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

It is one of six booby species in the genus Sula.

These birds‘ feet develop blue as they age; this is a secondary sex feature utilized to attract male birds in courting behavior.

The term „booby“ derives from the Spanish word „bobo,“ which means „foolish,“ and relates to this species‘ awkwardness on land, as well as its desire to approach people.

Males display their eye-popping feet while strutting against a female to inspire attention in a rather complicated mating ritual.

The female is significantly bigger than the male and may reach 90 cm (35 in) in length with a wingspan of up to 1.5 m (5 ft).

Blue-footed boobies typically deposit one to three eggs at a time.

In contrast to many other species, the species practices asynchronous hatching, in which incubation begins when the final egg is deposited and all chicks hatch concurrently.

This causes growth inequality and size disparities among siblings, which leads to facultative subdivide during times of food scarcity.

Concerns over a fall in the booby population of the Galápagos Islands inspired a study into the cause.

The population reduction was verified by the project, which was finished in April 2014.

The blue-footed booby population appears to be having difficulty reproducing and is hence progressively diminishing.

The drop is expected to be long-term, but annual data gathering is required to conclude that this is not a natural fluctuation.

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