Red-Footed Booby

Another of the Galapagos 15 is the Red-Footed Booby, related to the Nazca and Blue-Footed Booby.  This booby species can grow up to 30 inches in length with a wingspan of up to 57 inches.  Their beaks are light blue turning to pink around the mouth.  Their feet, as described in the name are characteristically red and the adults have feathers varying from white to brown while the hatchlings are all white with black beaks.  They can be found in Genovesa, Punta Pitt and in small numbers on Floreana’s Satellite islets, Seymour, Midway Island and Easter Island.  These boobies forage on the outskirts of the Galapagos waters for flying fish which they are able to catch with their impeccable flying abilities and high speeds.