Blue-Footed Booby

The second animal listed for the Galapagos Big 15 is the Blue-Footed Booby, considered one of the most colorful large birds that nest in the Galapagos.  Their conspicuous, cartoon-looking bright blue feet, along with their mating dance are often an enticing attraction to most visitors.  In this particular species of bird, the females tend to be slightly larger than the males measuring at about 36 inches in length with a wingspan of 4.9 feet.  Although these birds are often the most encountered on the island they actually have the smallest population.  They obtain food by catching fish with spectacular plunge dives, often chasing the fish underwater.  Unlike many other birds in the Galapagos, they are considered non-threatened and you are almost guaranteed to come in contact with one on a trip there.