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Ted Hein '08

Ted Hein ’08

Last week we talked about blue-footed boobies. Next week, we’ll discuss red-footed boobies, but today is Nazca booby day.

The Nazca booby (Sula granti dactylatra if you want to be technical) is the largest of the Galapagos’ three species of Boobies. It can be found on most of the islands in the archipelago and is easily identified by it bright white plumage.Their plumage is considered to be the “whitest white” in the natural world, and is accentuated by dramatic black primary feathers on the wings and a small band across the eyes.

- photo by Derek Keats

– photo by Derek Keats

The Nazca booby used to be considered a sub-species of the Masked Boobies, which can be found all around the Pacific. It was officially understood to be a distinct species only as recently as 2002. It can only be found in the area roughly around the Galapagos. 

If you travel to the Galapagos Islands, you might see a flock of Nazca boobies feeding when traveling between islands. Unlike the blue-footed boobies that feed close to shore, the Nazca boobies plunge dive further out in the water around the islands. The different species rarely feed in the same waters or compete for the same fish.

Source Material: National Geographic 

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This post in part of the AtoZ Challenge. Please click on the sunflower AtoZ icon in the sidebar to go to the official list of participating blogs. This year my theme is the Galapagos Islands. I am in the process of writing the first of my Midge & Snig mystery series set in the islands. In my research, I have come across a plethora of interesting facts and images. The vast majority of my research won’t get included in the book, but it’s fun to share what I’ve learned with you all.