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Nazca Booby

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Overview

One of four booby species on the Galapagos Islands, the Nazca booby is white with black flight feathers and a black face mask. Although this species does not have the famed blue or red feed of the other boobies, this species has a unique mating dance that is incredible to witness. This species has been observed to practice siblicide during poor breeding conditions, in which a young nestling will kill their smaller siblings


Fun Fact

The Naza booby is a plunge diver, flying high above the water and dive bombing into the sea to catch fish. *During the mating ritual, the species is seen with its bill pointing in the sky and shaking. The whole ritual is thought to be a demonstration of how the nest will be built.