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The Nazca Booby
Shambu recently came across a nazca booby on his adventures in the Galapagos Islands. Read more about the bird here!

Shambu’s been messing up during his recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. His clumsiness is very similar to a bird found in the Galapagos, the Nazca Booby! Let’s find out more about this bird.

  • The booby bird gets its name from the Spanish word ‘bobo’ which means clumsy. This is because booby birds are very clumsy on land.
  • The Nazca booby is the largest of the three booby bird families in the Galapagos. 
  • It was previously thought to be a subspecies of the masked booby but was recognized to be a new species in the year 2002.
  • They differ from the masked booby as they have different beak colours and are larger in size. 
  • The Nazca booby is white in colour with black tail feathers. They can be differentiated from the red-footed and the blue-footed booby birds on the islands by their feet colour.
  • They can be found fishing and breeding on the Nazca tectonic plate. Now you know where the first part of their name comes from!
  • They plunge-dive into the waters from up to 30 metres, which is half the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
  • The nazca booby mother lays two eggs during breeding season. One of the two chicks will usually grow bigger and stronger than the other. The smaller chick does not survive.
  • They are commonly found on the Española, San Cristobal, and Genovesa islands.
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