Sula sula rubripes
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Unlike many of the other seabirds found in the NWHI, Red-footed Boobies have breeding colonies on Kaua'i and O'ahu, as well as the NWHI. As such, it is the most frequently seen booby by people on the Main Hawaiian Islands.
Like other boobies, it dives from great heights to try to catch fish and squid. Unlike other boobies that lay eggs on the ground, the Red-footed Booby will make a crudely built nest of sticks in shrubs or trees.
With a wingspan of around 1 m (40 in) the Red-footed Booby is the smallest booby found in Hawai‘i.
Red-footed Booby Links
Photo by Monte Costa
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